The Legislature faces a May 21 constitutional deadline to complete its work, meaning just three short weeks remain to hold public discussion on sweeping proposals that will impact nearly every Minnesotan in one form or another. As a result of Republicans’ decision to wait until the last minute to do the job they were elected to do, the public is getting shut out of an important conversation about the state’s collective future.
A press conference was held this week regarding two gun violence prevention amendments that will be offered during the Senate’s floor discussion on the supplemental budget omnibus bill.
Governor Mark Dayton and DFL legislators held a press conference this week to urge Senate Republican leadership to seriously consider enacting the new state guidelines to combat opioid abuse.
DFL legislators held a press conference this week to raise awareness of the Minnesota African American Family Preservation Act, a proposal to improve oversight of child-protection services and provide better outcomes for African American children and families who go through the system.
Students Demand Action organization held a rally at the State Capitol this week to fight for common-sense gun safety in America.
Following the Minnesota Supreme Court’s decision to decline an appeal from the Department of Human Services on the full discharge of a patient from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, the Senate voted unanimously to pass a bill that clarifies the conditions under which an offender may be eligible for a partial or full discharge from a civil commitment.
Two years ago, Minnesota passed the first comprehensive carbon monoxide law for boaters in the United States.
The omnibus finance bill this week was heard and passed on the floor.
There were multiple amendments offered to the omnibus finance bill, including:
There are only three weeks left in the Legislative Session and Republican Senate and House leaders still haven’t released their bonding bill. It’s time to let Minnesotans know what their bonding priorities are.
The Senate Rules Committee forwarded a bill this week that exempts the Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 pipeline proposal from the Public Utilities Commission certificate of need and routing permitting process. The bill allows Enbridge Energy, at its sole discretion, the ability to construct, own and operate the pipeline and associated facilities along the route proposed in its applications. The bill specifically terminates proceedings of the Public Utilities Commission immediately upon enactment of the legislation.
Advocates are working hard to respond to legislation addressing elder abuse backed by Senate Republicans that is moving through the committee process.
A bill passed the Local Government Committee this week that would prevent cities and counties from regulating the type of take-out containers that are allowed in their communities. Municipalities would be prohibited from regulating, banning, or taxing containers. Imposing a fee or charge for their use, disposal, or sale is also prohibited in the bill.
Are you curious what the Legislature is doing to align Minnesota’s tax code with major federal changes? So are Senate DFLers. The Republican tax chair still hasn’t released a bill, with just three weeks left until the end of session. The House Republicans finally released a plan this week and dubbed it the “Freaky Fast Bill,” admitting that the Legislature needs to move incredibly quickly to come to an agreement without risking automatic tax increases for at least 300,000 taxpayers.