Minnesota Legislature

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'My patience level is gone': Walz calls on lawmakers to help hospital strain

The governor said only legislators can enact some of the needed measures.

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Minnesotans vote for giant beaver to become official state fossil

The Science Museum held a vote, which the extinct, 200-pound beaver won.

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Walz calls for vaccine, testing requirements for state's teachers

The governor said there should also be "consistent" COVID mitigation requirements for schools.

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Minnesota DFL lawmakers form Reproductive Freedom Caucus

The move comes as some Republicans explore proposals to limit abortion access.

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MN GOP Rep. spreads voter fraud disinformation, draws rebuke from SoS

The lawmaker cited a video claiming there are more than 1.2 million "missing" votes.

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MN rep calls upholding of TX abortion law 'great news for America'

Rep. Tim Miller also outlined a new abortion-related bill he plans to introduce.

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DFL Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent stepping down, won't seek reelection

The announcement comes as Kent faces criticism over the party's handling of recent allegations of sexual harassment by a former staffer.

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Calls for investigation after former DFL staffer details sexual harassment

Cynthia Callais provided her account to the Minnesota Reformer.

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Rep. John Thompson once again rejects calls to resign

He spoke briefly Monday morning at a press conference organized by his supporters.

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Rep. Thompson sentenced for misdemeanor amid calls for him to resign

His conviction is related to obstructing the legal process at a hospital in 2019.

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State Sen. David Tomassoni writes letter revealing ALS diagnosis

"There is no sugar coating it — this is a tough disease," he wrote in a letter published in the Mesabi Tribune.

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Video: Police bodycam footage of Rep. John Thompson's July 4 traffic stop

The incident has sparked allegations of racial profiling and questions about Thompson's state residency.

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GOP cites 'clean cars junk,' manure rules in targeting of ex-MPCA commissioner

"I guess she saved us some time," Sen. David Osmek said of Laura Bishop's resignation.

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Head of Pollution Control Agency resigns as GOP senators prepare her ouster

Walz accused the senators, who have removed two of his commissioners before, of playing partisan games.

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Land bridge project to reconnect St. Paul neighborhood gets $6.2M in state funding

The "lid" over I-94 would reconnect Rondo, a predominantly Black neighborhood torn apart to build the highway.

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Legislature approves a state budget, averting government shutdown

Here are some of the things lawmakers agreed on.

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Walz uses executive actions to enact some police reform

This comes as the legislature is set to vote this week on a watered-down public safety bill.

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MN Legislature's agreement on public safety bill leaves out key police reforms

Rep. Carlos Mariani called the bill "a great disappointment."

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State parks, DNR get their funding — with no impact on the 'Clean Cars' rule

The Senate GOP had threatened to withhold environmental funding unless the rule was scrapped.

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Legislature approves $220K bill for swimming lessons, lifeguard training

The funding would help at-risk and low-income children learn to swim, as well as address lifeguard shortages.

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After GOP filibusters, lawmakers have 9 days to pass budget bills

If the Minnesota Legislature doesn't pass its budget bills by June 30, the government will shutdown on July 1.

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Lawmakers reach agreement on eviction moratorium off-ramp

It would replace the governor's executive order that has been in place during the pandemic.