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ST. PAUL -- An effort to ban mourning dove hunting in Minnesota has effectively been shot down for the year. Some lawmakers, backed by animal protection organizations such as the Humane Society, want to prohibit mourning dove hunting, a controversial sport made legal four years ago. They say the small bird is a symbol of peace and that some hunters simply use it for target practice. A House game and fish panel swiftly rejected the proposed hunting prohibition on Monday.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans would have more faith in state government if it was held more accountable, a group of lawmakers said. Democratic legislators on Tuesday introduced a series of proposals they say increase accountability in government and shed more light on how tax dollars are spent. "For us the bottom line is taxpayer value," Rep. Steve Simon, DFL-St. Louis Park. "If taxpayers are confident that their money is being spent wisely and well, then all the better.
ST. PAUL - Shoreland property owners who voluntarily work to improve the quality of their lakes or rivers are one step closer to earning state recognition. Sen.
ST. PAUL -- A $6.6 billion transportation package put into law paves the way for more Minnesota highway and bridge projects, but it could be a couple of years before motorists really notice the difference. When the Legislature overrode Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of a 10-year transportation package, it increased taxes and pumped new money into the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
ST. PAUL -- A state gasoline tax increase for transportation means Minnesota could reap more federal dollars for road and bridge projects, a key member of Congress says. U.S. Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau's ouster Thursday as state transportation commissioner was called both a "fresh start" after five years of troubled leadership and the "political execution" of an honorable public servant. The Minnesota Senate rejected Molnau's confirmation as state Department of Transportation commissioner, forcing her from a position she has held since 2003. She will continue to serve as the elected lieutenant governor. "Carol Molnau has done an awful job as commissioner, period," said Sen.
ST. PAUL - A long-running Minnesota transportation funding debate ended Monday - at least for some time - when the Legislature overturned Gov.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Legislature today overturned Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of a $6.6 billion transportation funding bill. The House voted 91-41 to override the veto - supporters needed 90 votes - and the Senate followed with a 47-20 vote. The vote marks the first override of a Pawlenty veto since the Republican governor took over as the state's chief executive in 2003. It also is the first time the Minnesota Department of Transportation has seen an infusion of new funding from state tax increases in 20 years.