Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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By Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers may have met for the last time in a special session to provide aid to a relatively small disaster...
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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature overwhelmingly approved disaster-relief funds Monday for 20 counties, including Douglas, during one of the shortest special sessions in recent years.
Security at the state Capitol is investigating a reported theft of approximately $15 from a candy fundraiser envelope, blood pressure medication, and keys to offices on the second floor of the State Office Building in St. Paul. Capitol Security was notified on August 27 by a research consultant that his second floor office was accessed and the items were missing. Capitol Security officers checked offices that corresponded to the missing keys; no additional items were reported missing. Capitol Security advised that the locks be re-keyed. This is an active and ongoing investigation.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers appear ready to spend money to help local governments affected by June storms, but during a meeting last Wednesday night many questioned using a September 9 special legislative session to spend anything beyond what is needed to plug holes left by federal funding.
ST. PAUL -- Gun opponents testified Tuesday that they felt uncomfortable earlier this year when they knew gun advocates were packing in the Capitol, but a key opponent admitted he likely will not win a gun ban. Gun proponents far outnumbered opponents in the meeting, called to bring more information to a committee that is supposed to advise legislators and the governor about whether guns would be allowed in the state Capitol complex. The two sides remained far apart philosophically in the Advisory Committee on Capitol Area Security meeting. Gun opponent Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St.
ST. PAUL -- Farmers will have to wait to see if legislators will overturn a new tax they pay. Legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton this morning could not agree on doing any more in a special session than approving less than $5 million in disaster relief. Before today's meeting, everyone seemed to think that a new sales tax on farm implement repair should be canceled. However, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said Republicans would not sign an agreement setting up a special session with just one tax overturned. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislative leaders and Governor Mark Dayton talked for days about the need to hold a special session to help communities recover from late-June floods and storms, but Friday night decided to look at ways to provide money short of calling all 201 legislators back to St.