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Smith & Murkowski introduce bills on mental health & substance abuse

WASHINGTON (KVRR) – Senator Tina Smith introduces bills to fund mental health initiatives and help those with substance abuse. The Stopping the Mental Health Pandemic Act would give federal money to states, tribes and communities to address behavioral health needs that may have gotten worse during the pandemic. Money would be used for training, technology upgrades and suicide prevention. The…

Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith keeps seat, says her priority will be Covid-19 relief package

Smith says she was re-elected because Minnesotans are looking for leadership that can focus on them and what they need.

MINNESOTA – Minnesota Senator Tina Smith wins re-election and says she will continue to get work done to accomplish things for Minnesotans. Smith says she was re-elected because Minnesotans are looking for leadership that can focus on them and what they need. She adds even during a time where Washington has been so divided, she has been able to get…

Barrett confirmed as Supreme Court justice in partisan vote

WASHINGTON (AP) – Amy Coney Barrett is headed to to the Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee in a 52-48 vote with Republicans overpowering Democratic opposition a week before Election Day. Barrett will be the third Supreme Court justice nominated by Trump. At 48, she is likely secure a conservative court majority for years to come. With…

Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly Leaving Agency

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly is leaving the agency, leaving Gov. Tim Walz with a third open cabinet position to fill. Unlike the other two, Bauerly is leaving on her own. In a statement announcing her departure, Walz praised Bauerly and said there would be a competitive hiring process to replace her. The Republican-controlled Senate has…

Sen. Smith wants to make a future coronavirus vaccine free

WASHINGTON – Minnesota Senator Tina Smith introduces a bill that would make a coronavirus vaccine free once it is available. The Free Covid-19 Treatment Act would provide states the option and financial incentive to expand Medicaid to cover the cost of coronavirus treatment for those without insurance. It would also waive cost-sharing for coronavirus treatment and medically necessary items and services…

ND congressional delegation shares priorities on coronavirus funding

By Samone Blair WASHINGTON – For North Dakotans facing eviction or unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic, a timeline on federal aid remains unclear. “Another day has come and gone in this once in a century national battle for our country,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. “At the moment, the gap between our two parties in the negotiations is…

Minnesota Senate GOP leader says deal near on policing bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)–The top Republican in the Minnesota Senate says legislative leaders have a tentative agreement on the outlines of a police accountability bill. But chances appear dimmer for a $1.9 billion public construction projects package that has yet to win the necessary GOP support in the Democratic-controlled House. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says the Senate plans to adjourn late…

State Sen. Kent Eken votes against Gov. Walz keeping Covid-19 Emergency Powers

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Legislature is in special session and they’re tackling big issues like coronavirus response and police reform. State Sen. Kent Eken of Twin Valley was one of three Democrats to join Republicans in voting to end Governor Tim Walz’s emergency powers for coronavirus response. The Democrat controlled House struck down the measure allowing the governor…

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…