Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—A Ramsey County judge has ordered Minnesota elections officials to hand over voter-registration records that Secretary of State Steve Simon had argued were private. They're not private; they're public, according to the ruling by Ramsey County District Judge Jennifer Frisch, who sided with the activist group Minnesota Voters Alliance, which had sued Simon's office. Simon said he would appeal.
ST. PAUL—A Minnesota government watchdog agency is running four separate probes related to the state's troubled computer system for vehicle titles and registration. The system, known as MNLARS, has been beset by problems since it was launched nearly a year ago.
ST. PAUL — The Republican Party of Minnesota wants to repeal the Legacy Amendment and outlaw gay marriage (again), two of a number of official party positions that might surprise some even within the GOP. The positions are contained in the Republican party's official "standing platform" — a collection of positions on issues ranging from taxes to abortion — that was approved earlier this month at the state convention in Duluth.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party opposes all nuclear power and wants to allow felons to vote as long as they're not actually in prison, two of a number of official party positions that might surprise some even within the DFL. The positions are contained in the Democratic party's official "ongoing platform" and "action agenda" — collections of positions on issues ranging from taxes to abortion — that was approved earlier this month at the state convention in Rochester.
ST. PAUL — Even Jessie Diggins got nothing. From Minnesota's bid to host a World Cup cross-country skiing event to the secretary of state's simple need for permission to spend federal money to stop Russian election hackers, a ton of seemingly no-brainer things didn't get done at the Capitol. This happens to some bills every year. Lawmakers just don't get to everything.
ST. PAUL—They're private business owners and government employees with a basic job: Help you renew your license plates and update the title to your car. And they say that they're about to become legislative roadkill and all Minnesotans will suffer with longer lines and farther drives to obtain vehicle paperwork that we're all legally required to get.
ST. PAUL -- Lawmakers took a step closer to closing a set of DWI loopholes Wednesday, May 16, after the House unanimously approved a plan to fully bring ATV riders and snowmobilers under the same laws that govern drivers of automobiles and trucks. The legislation was inspired by the death of Alan Geisenkoetter Jr., the 8-year-old boy who was killed this winter by an allegedly drunken snowmobiler while ice fishing with his family.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota families who have lost loved ones in distracted-driving crashes cranked up their push at the state Capitol on Thursday, May 10, to require hands-free driving. With photos of their siblings, children and others victimized by distracted drivers, they gathered in Capitol hallways and meeting rooms throughout the day demanding change.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton lately is all about an "emergency" funding plan for public schools running deficits. He's on a bully-pulpit kick, urging Republican lawmakers to change course late in the legislative session and spend $138 million to shore up school budgets to reduce the likelihood of teacher layoffs or larger class sizes. He wants the GOP-controlled Legislature to authorize the money instead of planned tax breaks. So far, he's getting nowhere. But he's not stopping.
ST. PAUL — A bipartisan sexual harassment proposal that could affect every workplace in Minnesota now faces an uncertain future at the Capitol. The bill would remove a legal hurdle that supporters say has led to courts throwing out cases, even when they involve piggish behavior that many would consider sexual harassment.