Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
ST. PAUL—Right now, it's not illegal in Minnesota for police officers to have sex with people in their custody. That might be about to change. On Tuesday, May 1, the state House overwhelmingly approved a sweeping public safety bill that includes a provision that would close what some have called a sexual assault loophole, and the Senate has also approved closing the loophole.
ST. PAUL—U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis on Wednesday, May 2, joined a group of mostly Republican state lawmakers in St. Paul taking aim at the Metropolitan Council, a non-elected regional body that oversees hundreds of millions in spending across the metro.
ST. PAUL—Lobbyists, interns, members of the media and the general public would all be protected from sexual harassment under a proposal poised to be adopted for the Minnesota House Wednesday. In addition, the behavior of House members and employees would not end when they leave the Capitol; the policy would cover them "during any activity that involves legislative business."
ST. PAUL—U.S. Rep. and Democratic candidate for governor Tim Walz released his 2017 personal income tax returns Thursday, April 19, using the occasion to urge Republican candidates, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, to do the same.
ST. PAUL—Three million times each day, hackers probe the state of Minnesota's computer systems, which house everything from state workers' social security numbers to driver's license data for millions of residents. And the state isn't doing enough to guard against it, top IT officials said Friday, April 13, as they called for more funds. "We're actually falling behind," said Aaron Call, Minnesota's chief information security officer.
ST. PAUL—Amid the continuing fallout from Minnesota's troubled new computer system for vehicle titles and license plates, lawmakers this week grappled with several sticky issues. • License centers are hurting — and they say they need a lot more money than lawmakers are proposing. • Information technology officials are under fire for a $2.5 million office reorganization while they were pleading for money to fix the system.
ST. PAUL—More than eight months after it was launched, Minnesota's troubled computer system for vehicle titles and license plates continues to overwhelm the state's customer service center. Most callers get a busy signal, and most emails take days — or weeks — for a response. The volume — hundreds of thousands of calls each month — is staggering. Officials are scrambling to hire more than two dozen temporary workers as a stopgap.