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Minnesota lawmakers fail to reach deals on construction bill, economic relief

Walz tweeted Sunday afternoon to urge lawmakers forward on a bonding bill.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9)–The Minnesota Legislature’s usual last-minute fireworks turned into a dud Sunday as lawmakers failed to approve construction projects or respond to the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A $998 million infrastructure bonding bill failed in the state Senate over opposition from Democrats. The Sunday evening vote was 38-29, and 41 votes are required to…

Walz to Meet Privately with Lawmakers on Insulin Legislation

The meeting is set for Friday at the Capitol.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is meeting privately with lawmakers about emergency insulin legislation. The meeting is set for Friday at the Capitol. Walz earlier called on House Democratic and Senate Republican leaders to negotiate a compromise between their competing insulin affordability proposals. The Democratic governor wants to call a special session to resolve one of the major unfinished…

Two Republican Lawmakers Introduce Gun Bills Before Session Ends

Rep. Sarah Anderson of Plymouth and Rep. Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie are co-sponsoring the bills

Rep. Sarah Anderson & Rep. Jenifer LoonST. PAUL, Minn. — Two Republican lawmakers from Minneapolis suburbs are trying to get gun legislation passed before the session ends later this month. One bill would give private sellers an incentive to verify a buyer has a legal right to own a gun before making a sale. The other involves several changes to…

Minnesota Lawmakers Hold Town Hall Meeting

One of the main concerns was infrastructure improvement

MOORHEAD, Minn. —¬†Democratic Minnesota lawmakers held a town hall meeting to take questions from the community and update them on the legislative session. State Senator Kent Eken, along with Representatives Ben Lien and Paul Marquart, said there is currently a budget surplus. They say one of the main concerns is infrastructure improvement and balancing maintenance with the development of new…

Boy’s Death Could Lead To Harsher DWI Penalties In Minnesota

8-year-old Alan Geisenkoetter, Jr. Was Killed By A Drunk Snowmobiler

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The penalty for DWI offenses in Minnesota could become stricter after a boy was killed by a drunk snowmobiler. The House transportation committee approved a bill to allow for DWI convictions whether they’re on the road, trails or snow. The bill would limit someone with a DWI issued while operating a car from operating other vehicles….

Minnesota Has $329 Million Budget Surplus

After previous indications that the Legislature may have to fill a budget shortfall

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton isn’t ready to start laying out specific plans for using a $329 million budget surplus. State budget officials delivered the good news of a surplus after previous indications that the Legislature may have to fill a budget shortfall. But the Democratic governor called the surplus modest and cautioned lawmakers against overspending. Dayton says…

THE BIZ: Recalls, Comebacks, Free Grand Slam Breakfasts and Possibly the End of Orca Shows

The Ford Ranger is making a comeback in 2019

NATIONAL — Fiat-Chrysler is recalling nearly 170,000 minivans over an engine stall issue. The company states the recall includes 2017 Chrysler Pacifica vans with gas engines that have been sold across the country. A software issue is causing the engine to stall and the company says at least one crash has been reported that may be related to the recall….

Protests Against Sexual Harassment on Minnesota’s Capitol Hill

Two other women have come forward and are accusing U.S. Senator Al Franken of misconduct

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Multiple political and nonprofit organizations descended on Minnesota’s Capitol to show their support for people who have been sexually harassed or assaulted in the workplace. A crowd gathered with signs and many current and former lawmakers stood up to speak out about Democratic State Senator Dan Schoen and Republican State Representative Tony Cornish, who are…

ND Lawmakers Reviewing Anti-Sexual Harassment Policies

Republican House Majority Leader Al Carlson of Fargo heads the bipartisan committee of legislative leaders

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota legislative leaders will review anti-sexual harassment policies for state lawmakers. The Legislative Procedure and Arrangements Committee will meet December 6 at the Capitol to discuss the policies that have been in place for almost 30 years. Republican House Majority Leader Al Carlson of Fargo heads the bipartisan committee of legislative leaders. He says the time…

Gov. Dayton Calling on State Rep. Cornish to Resign Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Schoen and Cornish have both denied the allegations

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls the sexual harassment allegations at the State Capitol, “atrocities.” The governor has spoken out for the first time since allegations surfaced against at least two lawmakers. Multiple women have accused Republican State Representative Tony Cornish of sexual harassment. State Senator Dan Schoen, a member of the governor’s own Democratic Party, has…