Minnesota State Legislature

Senate Tax Chair: New Mayo Funding Plan Needs Work
A top Senate Democrat says the altered funding plan to help the Mayo Clinic expand needs work before moving forward. The Senate Taxes Committee had been set Friday morning to take up the new plan, which replaced a complicated tax capture mechanism with state aid payment system that increases with p…
House Passes Online Health Insurance Marketplace
The Minnesota House has passed a bill creating an online health insurance marketplace that aims to give at least 1.3 million Minnesotans a new way to purchase coverage. The House passed the bill early Friday on a vote of 72 to 61. Most Democrats backed the bill while Republicans opposed it.
Senate Panel OKs Gun Bill With Background Checks
A Senate panel has passed a bill that would impose background checks on all gun sales, but that measure has many obstacles to tackle before becoming law in Minnesota. Majority Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday night endorsed the legislation on a 5-3 party-line vote.
Senate Panel Passes Wolf Hunt Moratorium 7-6
Opponents of wolf hunting win a victory as a Minnesota Senate panel votes 7-6 for a five-year moratorium on future wolf seasons. Wolf hunting opponents argued before the Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Thursday that the state acted too hastily when it decided to resume sport hunting and …
Bill Aims to Back State Off on Chili Cook-Offs
Crosslake citizens say unnecessary health regulations have hurt their annual chili cook-off, and a state lawmaker has the fix. Rep. Joe Radinovich, a freshman Democrat from nearby Crosby, introduced a bill Monday that would ease state health regulations on soup and chili cook-offs.

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