The Conservation Minnesota Advocacy group downgraded dozens of legislators in its 2009 legislative scorecard released Monday.
Bob Lessard, the former state senator whose name adorns the council that recommended habitat projects to legislators, has denounced the conference report that House and Senate legislators unveiled on the last day of session.
Perhaps it’s true that it ain’t over
The lead House negotiator on the bonding bill conference committee said this afternoon that the bill could be wrapped up tomorrow. Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, said the conferees are close to agreeing to almost $300 million in projects. The bill has increased amounts of borrowing for flood mitigation and disaster relief than the original [...]
State House and Senate conferees over the weekend reached an agreement to keep buses rolling in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. The omnibus transportationconference report, sponsored in the House by Transportation Finance and Policy Division Chair Bernie Lieder (DFL-Crookston), passed the House this afternoon 103-30. The Senate, where Transportation Budget and Policy Chair Steve [...]
Several DFL senators this afternoon cast votes against a bill that would allow marijuana for medicinal purposes. But enough DFLers were joined by a couple Republicans to push the measure through 36-28. Sen. Steve Murphy (DFL-Red Wing) said the issue is a
House and Senate conferees on Monday went head to head with Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson on the bonding bill. The leaders of the conference committee, Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL-St. Paul) and Sen. Keith Langseth (DFL-Glyndon) pressed Hanson at a state Capitol hearing to elaborate on a letter written last Friday by his [...]
The state House this afternoon deadlocked on the issue of abortion. Later in the day, the state Senate defeated a similar abortion proposal. Rep. Patti Fritz (DFL-Faribault) offered an amendment during debate on the omnibus health and human services budget bill that would have no longer allowed state-sponsored health programs to pay for abortions. The [...]
The state Senate this afternoon passed its health and human services budget bill 40-23. In the DFL-controlled chamber, the bill drew support from some Republicans and opposition from some Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller (DFL-Minneapolis) also took the unusual step of offering GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s health care budget as a floor amendment. He [...]