Sen. Dibble: Statement on passage of constitutional amendment

State Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, expressed disappointment at today’s passage in committee of a constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples in Minnesota. “It’s very disappointing that Senate Republicans unanimously approved a constitutional ban on marriage between same-sex couples today but, sadly, it’s not surprising,” Sen. Dibble said. “This session, the Republican majority has […] Read more

Sen. Sieben: Photo ID is Major Voting Roadblock

Earlier today, Republicans in the Minnesota Senate approved legislation that will provide a major roadblock to voting for the tens of thousands of Minnesotans who currently do not have photo identification. S.F. 509 requires all Minnesotans to show a photo ID when voting, creating major obstacles to voting for 144,000 Minnesotans who are eligible to […] Read more

Sen. Bakk: GOP breaking promise to stay ‘laser focused’ on budget

Below is a statement from Senate DFL Caucus leader Tom Bakk: “Back in December, before the Legislative Session began, the new Republican majority made a promise to Minnesotans: they would maintain a “laser focus” on fixing the state’s budget deficit. In February, the line from Republican leaders was that they’d “focus very specifically and almost […] Read more

Time running out to complete state budget

The legislature has reached the final days of the 2011 session. By May 23 – less than three weeks from now – we have to agree with the Governor on a budget under which the state will operate for the next two years. Right now, we have $5 billion less in the state’s coffers than […] Read more

Local Legislators to Host Health Care Town Hall Saturday

State Sen. Kathy Sheran will host a Health Care Town Hall meeting along with Rep. Terry Morrow and Rep. Kathy Brynaert on Saturday, April 30 at South Central College in North Mankato. The focus of the meeting will be on health care issues and will include a discussion about legislative proposals under consideration at the […] Read more

Tyler’s Law

Carbon monoxide poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in the United State’s. With the proper knowledge of the dangers surrounding carbon monoxide, this danger is 100 percent preventable. Unfortunately, we are not doing an adequate job of informing the public of carbon monoxide safety. On December 2, 2010, a family from our […] Read more