The first partisan front in the newly constituted Minnesota House of Representatives was established only minutes after that body opened the 2013 session. After the chamber cycled through a handful of procedural votes, Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, rose to challenge the DFL majority’s decision to create the House Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Division.
Published: December 26, 2012
Tags: Alice Hausman, biofuels, bonding, Brenda Cassellius, Brian Rice, campaign finance, Carlos Mariani, Chris Radatz, consumer protection, David Dill, Education, environment, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota, Health Care, Iron Range, Jason Metsa, Jeff Howe, Jesse Ventura, Jim Carlson, John Marty, Jonathan Blake, Kerry Gauthier, labor, Legacy amendment, Legal Services Advocacy Project, liquor, Mark Dayton, Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, Minnesota Sex Offender Program, MinnesotaCare, NextGen Energy Board, Paul Rosenthal, renewable fuels, Ron Elwood, Sandy Pappas, Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force, Steve Simon, Tina Liebling, Tom Rukavina, Tony Cornish, Tony Lourey, Transportation, Warren Limmer
Here’s a guide to key policy matters that are likely to be addressed and heavily lobbied in the 2013 legislative session.
Published: December 19, 2012
Tags: Affordable Car Act, Alice Hausman, Bob Vanasek, bonding, Brad Nelson, Brenda Cassellius, Brian Rice, campaign finance, Carlos Mariani, Chris Radatz, Cook Girard, David Dill, Education, Jason Metsa, Jeff Howe, Jim Carlson, John Marty, John Tuma, Kerry Gauthier, Legacy, Liz Doyle, Mark Dayton, Mark Ritchie, MLBA, MSOP, PolyMet, Ron Elwood, Sandy Pappas, SEIU, Steve Simon, Tina Liebling, Tom Rukavina, Tony Cornish, Tony Lourey, Transportation, unions, Warren Limmer
The path through any budget session leads to a negotiating table at which the governor and legislative leaders work out the most politically palatable taxing and spending deal they can muster. But the budget is never the only game in town. Before the session endgame gets played out, a network of committees will play host to various and sundry dramas involving policy issues before state government.
by Charley Shaw
Published: November 20, 2006
Tags: Chris Radatz, Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, Janette Brimmer, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act, Tony Kwilas
State officials and environmentalists have gone back to the drawing board to consider changes to 15-year-old state wetlands regulations. All sides in the debate over Minnesota’s Wetlands Conservation Act (WCA) of 1991 got together last week in St. Cloud to toss ideas around and develop some recommendations. For more than two years, Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s [...]