Synthetic Marijuana Legislation signed into law

Along with Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell and Cottage Grove Police Chief Craig Woolery, Senator Katie Sieben (DFL-Cottage Grove) recently joined Governor Mark Dayton as he signed legislation making the sale of synthetic marijuana illegal. Synthetic marijuana is often known as “Spice” or “K2” and is packed and sold as herbal incense. It is made […] Read more

Mortgage Transparency Act signed into law

A measure designed to help homeowners looking to refinance their mortgage has been signed into law by Gov. Dayton. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, is aimed at helping homeowners determine who owns their mortgage note. As mortgages are sold by financial institutions, homeowners may find themselves sending monthly checks to a mortgage […] Read more

Legislators to Hold Town Meetings in June

State Sen. Ron Latz will join Reps. Steve Simon and Ryan Winkler to host town hall meetings in Golden Valley, Hopkins and St. Louis Park in the coming weeks to discuss the recently concluded legislative session and the potential special session to deal with the state’s budget deficit. “We have been here at the Capitol […] Read more

Sen. Goodwin ready for compromise budget deal

This legislative session has been about making tough choices. The Republican-led Legislature has made clear choices; cutting higher education to levels not seen since 1998, attempting to dismantle labor laws, eliminating health care for thousands of Minnesotans, increasing fares for public transportation, and raising property taxes by approximately $1 billion. Under the current majority in […] Read more

2011 Legislation Session Adjourns

The 2011 Legislative Session has come to a close without an agreement between Gov. Dayton and Republican legislative leaders. The governor was presented with an all-cuts budget and with little time to negotiate before the required May 23rd legislative adjournment deadline. With the vetoing of the budget bills (to read his veto messages for each […] Read more

As 2011 Session Ends, Hard work is Ahead to Fill Budget Gap

The 2011 legislative session has ended and Minnesotans are still waiting for a compromise deal to close the $5 billion budget deficit. I’m disappointed that the GOP leadership was not willing to negotiate during the regular session with Gov. Dayton to find a reasonable solution to the state’s fiscal crisis. Now we are headed for […] Read more