Environment Omnibus passes the Senate with strong DFL opposition

and everything else happening in the Legislature this week

Environment Omnibus passes the Senate with strong DFL opposition

This year’s omnibus environment policy and finance bill was passed off the Senate floor this week as the second of this year’s omnibus bills to be taken up by the full body. Despite the numerous Senate DFL amendments offered to improve the bill, Senate Republicans stood firm in their opposition to craft a bipartisan bill and voted down each amendment. Read more >>

Let’s be blunt: Senate Republicans are standing in the way of legalizing cannabis

Minnesotans across the state this week recognized 4/20 – an unofficial holiday celebrating cannabis culture.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis. Minnesota is one step closer in doing so after House DFLers passed a bill to legalize and regulate recreational adult-use cannabis and expunge cannabis related criminal records.

Senate DFLers also have legislation to legalize recreational adult-use cannabis. The bill is being held hostage by Senate Republicans, as the chair of the Judiciary Committee refuses to allow a conversation to happen on the issue, let alone allow a vote on the bill. Read more >>

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