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Representative Tim O'Driscoll
Representative Tim O'Driscoll
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House Committee Approves Changes to State Election Laws [AUDIO]

There could be a couple major changes to our election system in Minnesota. The House Elections Committee yesterday (Thursday) passed two bills out of committee.

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Representative Tim O'Driscoll
Representative Tim O'Driscoll
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Minnesota House Committee Approves Minimum Wage Hike, O’Driscoll Votes ‘No’ [AUDIO]

A bill that would raise Minnesota's minimum wage to more than $10 an hour by 2015 is moving through the Legislature. The House Labor, Workforce and Regulated Industries Committee on Thursday passed a bill to increase to the minimum wage in three steps until it hits $10.55.

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Lawmakers Start Debate over Minnesota’s Minimum Wage

From a small tick up to a big bump, Minnesota lawmakers anxious to boost the state's minimum wage start making their case to colleagues this week. A Minnesota House panel opens its discussion of a probable hike to the floor wage Monday by reviewing presentations on the economic impact of the minimum wage.

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Mayo Plan Gives Rochester Lobby Day Rallying Point

A wave of Rochester residents is descending on the Minnesota Capitol for an annual lobby day that takes on extra importance this year. Rochester officials are aiding the Mayo Clinic in its push for state help toward a multi-billion dollar expansion.

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Minnesota House Kicks Off 3 Days of Hearings on Guns

The growing debate over gun control is taking center stage at Minnesota's Capitol this week as lawmakers take up a handful of proposals that would limit access to guns for some individuals.

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Gay Marriage Group Says Effort Needs Capitol Votes

The group pushing a state Capitol vote to legalize gay marriage says a bill to do so currently lacks the votes to pass. The admission came in a fundraising pitch Thursday by Jake Loesch, the communications director for Minnesotans United.

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Minnesota Senate Committee Backs Jury Bias Ban

A Minnesota Senate committee has passed a bill to prohibit lawyers from dismissing potential jurors based solely on their sexual orientation or marital status. The Senate Judiciary Committee backed the bill Tuesday on a split voice vote.

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Lawmakers Want Faster Payback of Minnesota School IOUs

House Democratic and Republican leaders have come to early agreement on the state budget: Both want the final product to repay IOUs to Minnesota schools faster than Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed.

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Democratic Leaders Want Gun Laws Evaluated

Democratic leaders assuming control of the Minnesota Legislature say now is the time to take a closer look at the state's gun laws. The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut has been a catalyst across the country for discussions of gun regulations.

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Capitol’s DFL Leaders must Guard Against Overreach

The two Democrats who will lead the Legislature starting in January will have to manage Democratic ambitions as the party takes full control of the Capitol for the first time in over 20 years.

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