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Hands-Free Cell Phone While Driving Bill Stalls

The bill also stalled in the Minnesota Senate

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A move to require Minnesota drivers to use only hands-free cell phones looks like it’s finished for the current legislative session. The bill’s sponsor, Champlin Republican Rep. Mark Uglem, says leaders told him his bill won’t get a vote as the session heads toward a finish this weekend. Uglem says he’s disappointed and concerned for people…

Minnesota Lawmakers Hammer Out Budget Details in Special Session

Both the House and Senate are due in floor sessions at 3 p.m. Wednesday, giving them time to finalize details beforehand

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers are back at the Capitol to wrap up work on the budget after a tense finish to the regular legislative session. Legislative leaders and Gov. Dayton struck a deal as time ran down toward a required midnight adjournment Monday. It included coming back in an immediate special session needed to plow through the…

Countdown Continues: Still No Budget for Minnesota

The deadline to adjourn is Monday but Governor Dayton says he is optimistic they will reach a deal on time

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Governor Dayton and Republican legislative leaders are back behind closed doors in an attempt to work out a state budget they can both agree on. Earlier this week, offers from both sides were considered, but the talks ended on Thursday after the groups could not bridge the gap in nearly $1 billion dollars in overall…

Gov. Dayton Signs Real ID Bill into Law

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Dayton has signed the Real ID bill into law while battling over the budget. Its passage allows the state to get an extension to continue using standard driver’s licenses to board planes until October 2020. State officials expect to begin issuing the new IDs sometime next year. Meanwhile, the Democratic governor and Republican legislative…

Minnesota Lawmakers Work To Finalize Budget As Deadline Approaches

The deal must be finalized in less than a week, or the threats of a government shut–down become more likely

  ST.PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s political leaders are back at the negotiating table as the deadline to make a budget deal is coming up fast. Governor Dayton and Republican lawmakers have a number of issues to resolve before a two–year budget deal can be confirmed. The two sides resumed negotiations after the GOP backed away last week and began making…

Days Left to Finish Minnesota Budget Deal

No budget deal could mean another government shutdown

Minnesota’s political leaders have just days left to come up with a budget deal. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature have until the May 22 deadline to finish the budget. They need to come up with a plan to spend a $1.65 billion surplus. We are inching closer to a potential government shutdown but that’s nothing new to…

Anglers Prepping for Minnesota Fishing Opener

DNR officials say the Mississippi has catch rates similar to many of the state's best fishing lakes

MINNESOTA — Thousands of anglers are getting ready for the 70th annual Minnesota Fishing Opener which casts off tomorrow. Anglers in the state will be able to catch walleye, pike and trout. Governor Dayton will host the opener along the Mississippi River in the St. Cloud area, a first for that part of lakes country. DNR officials say the Mississippi…

GOP Continues Budget Planning, Despite Gov. Dayton’s Veto Threats

A health care budget also seeks to abolish MNsure by 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s Republican Legislature isn’t backing down from Gov. Dayton’s veto threats as lawmakers finalize their budget offer. The Legislature started piecing together budget bills Monday as legislative leaders prepared to head into negotiations with the Democratic governor. The environmental funding bill would delay Dayton’s initiative requiring buffers between cropland and waterways until 2019. Dayton has vowed…

Minnesota House Passes Bill Increasing Restrictions on Abortions

The Senate is planning to take up the permitting bill next week

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota House has passed legislation that would increase restrictions on abortions. The bills, passed on the strength of Republican votes, require abortion providers to obtain permits from the state’s health department and would ban the use of state funds for abortions. The Senate is planning to take up the permitting bill next week. Democratic…

Member of Gov. Dayton’s Cabinet Dies

Tilsen's condition quickly worsened after he became ill last week

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — A member of Minnesota Governor Dayton’s cabinet has died. Bureau of Mediation Services Commissioner Josh Tilsen passed away early this morning from complications of a staph infection. Tilsen’s condition quickly worsened after he became ill last week. He was 67. Tilsen has been part of Dayton’s cabinet since the beginning. He’s been most visible during…