Economic Forecast Improved

Yesterday, Minnesota Management and Budget announced a projected budget surplus of $1.08 billion for the current biennium (fiscal years 2014-15). The first $246 million of the surplus will be used to pay back the remaining school shift in full thanks to an accelerated repayment plan in the new state budget, leaving a balance of $825 […]

Pollinators Hearing Scheduled for December 9

Next week in St. Paul there will a hearing on pollinators on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 1:00 PM in Room 5 of the State Office Building. Much has been written about neonicotinoid insecticides and the possible risk to pollinators, including bees and monarch butterflies. The 2013 Minnesota Legislature passed H.F. 976 which included directives […]

December Notice of Vacancies Posted

The Secretary of State’s Office released the monthly notice of vacancies that have occurred in multi-member state agencies. This month’s vacancies include positions on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Board, the Chicano Latino Affairs Council and others.

State Fair Events

Visiting the State Fair this week? Consider visiting the DFL booth on Dan Patch Ave., two blocks west of the Snelling Avenue entrance. At 1:00 each day the DFL will hold discussion panels on various topics. • Aug. 29: Investing in the state’s future: Speaker of the House Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, and Senate Majority Leader […]

New Laws Effective August 1st

Minnesota will legalize same-sex marriage; new liquor laws will address the state’s growing microbrew industry; and paramedics will need more training. Information about these and other select new laws that take effect Aug. 1, 2013, can be accessed at the Legislature’s website. A complete summary of all laws passed by the 2013 Legislature is now […]

DNR Rulemaking on Silica Mines Reclamation: Request for Comments

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources requests comments on its possible rules governing reclamation of silica sand mines. The Department is considering rules that would control possible adverse environmental effects of silica sand mining, preserve natural resources, and encourage planning of future land utilization. The rules may address other reclamation issues that come up during […]

New Laws Effective July, 2013

Legislative update video 7/3/2013         Among the most significant laws set to go into effect this month are historic investments in education which are part of comprehensive budget passed by the DFL-led legislature and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton after the 2013 Legislative Session adjourned on time this past May. […]

Making Sure All People Have the Freedom to Marry the Person They Love

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Marriage Equality Act last week by a vote of 75 to 59 with bipartisan support. With House lawmakers already having passed a comprehensive budget and awaiting our conference committees to iron out a final package, it was the right time to bring this bill up for a vote. […]

Energy Omnibus Bill

The Omnibus Energy Bill passed the House last Tuesday. If HF956 becomes law, it would set Minnesota’s first solar energy generation requirement for the state’s utilities at 4 percent by 2025. Renewable energy production for the state would need to be 40 percent by 2030. The bill as it’s written now, would allow for private citizens […]
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