Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Two fishing rods per angler, or one? It’s a perennial question in Minnesota, and one that might spark heated disagreement in the otherwise-friendly confines of a boat. And it’s back — even with a partisan flavor. On Tuesday, April 23, the Republican-controlled state Senate voted to allow anglers to use two lines while fishing, while the Democratic-controlled House seems unlikely to agree.
ST. PAUL — Democratic Minnesota House lawmakers on Thursday, Feb. 21, introduced a plan to allow undocumented Minnesota residents — those in the country illegally — to get driver's licenses. But it wasn’t just Democrats. Business leaders, clergy, some in the law enforcement community, and at least one Republican lawmaker stood inside the Capitol Thursday to espouse the idea. Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, supports it as well, and its passage looks promising in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor-controlled House.
ST. PAUL — A Minnesota Republican state lawmaker has proposed a surcharge on hybrid and electric cars that would be the highest such fees in the nation. And yes, the turnabout from stereotypes of anti-tax Republicans and pro-tax Democrats was on display during a hearing on the idea Wednesday, Feb. 20.
ST. PAUL -- The best way for invasive zebra mussel larvae to get from one Minnesota lake to another is aboard wakeboard boats, a new study has found. The ballast tanks of recreational wakeboard boats beat out other leading stowaway suspects, including sterndrive inboard/outboard engines, bilges and livewells — all of which can harbor the larvae — according to a study by the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center.
ST. PAUL — Think of an elected office in Minnesota. Odds are, it’ll be on the ballot Tuesday. From governor to Congress to state lawmakers to judges to county boards, it’s a busy ballot. You’ll be forgiven if you can’t keep it all straight. Here’s some help: Governor Republican Jeff Johnson and Democrat Tim Walz are the two major party candidates vying to succeed two-term Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, who is not seeking re-election.
ST. PAUL—A bipartisan group of lawmakers want to make it illegal to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products to anyone under 21 in Minnesota. The current age is 18. The proposal by a group of House members would also cover nicotine products like e-cigarettes. Why would we change? The harder you make it for people under 21 to buy nicotine, the fewer people will get sick and die, supporters say.
ST. PAUL—The general says she's being hamstrung in her mission. On Tuesday, March 6, Minnesota National Guard Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne — the newly appointed commissioner for the state's IT department, said delays by the Republican-led Legislature are prohibiting her from doing what she was hired to do: fix Minnesota's beleaguered computer system for vehicle registration and titles.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota House members had better attend an upcoming all-day sexual harassment and bias training session — or they'll lose one of their most basic powers of influence: seats on committees. That edict has come down from House Speaker Kurt Daudt, a Republican from Crown who has said the House will have "zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior" in the wake of the national #MeToo movement that cost two male lawmakers their seats.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's computer system that handles vehicle registrations and titles is a mess. To fix it, state information technology officials say they need $43 million — and some of it right away. The system, known as MNLARS, has already cost $93 million and was supposed to work. Many lawmakers are angered by it all, and some have vowed that heads must roll before they approve any more money.
ST. PAUL — Lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton will most likely take out a massive taxpayer-backed loan this year to fund a pile of construction projects. The only questions are how much should the loan be and which projects should be funded? Spoiler alert: Democrats say it should be bigger than what Republicans say. Support from both parties is needed to pass a construction spending plan. Both sides agree that money must be spent on infrastructure, ranging from crumbling state buildings to new water-treatment plants.