Minnesota Senate DFL

Veterans and Military Affairs

Veterans’ homes As part of the first 2017 State Government Bill, which was vetoed by Governor Dayton, $10 million was allocated for new veterans’ homes in underserved areas of Minnesota. If a supplemental budget is put together this session money for a veterans’ home may again be included, as there is continued appetite for a […] Read more

Transportation

MnLARS The rollout of the state’s new web-based Minnesota License and Registration System (MnLARS) information system used to manage the Department of Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) transactions has been a controversial topic during interim. The system has been plagued with issues since going live in late July. There have been multiple hearings where private […] Read more

Taxes

Outstanding issues with the 2017 Tax Bill Although the Governor signed the 2017 tax bill that passed during special session, he immediately objected to the overall cost of the bill and three specific items that mainly benefit the wealthy. The Governor’s objections manifested in the line-item veto of legislative funding, which prompted the lawsuit that […] Read more

State and Local Government

Cybersecurity The inability of Republicans to invest in cybersecurity has already had consequences for Minnesotans. Since last session, there have been at least three major reports of statewide IT issues: IP addresses associated with the Secretary of State’s website were scanned for vulnerabilities by Russian hackers, along with voter databases in 20 other states. Fortunately, […] Read more

Jobs and Housing

Preemption Unsatisfied with progress being made at the Legislature, people have engaged local units of government to raise their standard of living by seeking paid time off and minimum wage increases. Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Duluth, and other regional centers are looking to, or have, required employers operating within their communities provide sick and safe time […] Read more

Judiciary

Government email retention policies The Legislature still has not weighed in on local government agencies’ email retention policies. The Legislative Commission on Data Privacy held a hearing on the issue in late 2017, but there still has not been any legislation adopted. This issue stems from late 2016, when the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office announced […] Read more