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The Capitol Note: Senate passes WESA, now negotiations begin

The Capitol Note: Senate passes WESA, now negotiations begin

1) The state Senate passed its version of a measure meant to increase protections for working women, the St. Cloud Times reports. Those protections, which make up the larger Women’s Economic Security Act, include more pregnancy leave for both men ...

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The Capitol Note: Sex offender recommendations met with tepid support

The sex offender task force's final recommendations emphasized the importance of separating the civil commitment process from the risk of political interference.

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The Capitol Note: Seifert to kick off campaign for governor Thursday

1.) Former House Minority Leader Marty Seifert is poised to jump into the gubernatorial race with a trio of events on Thursday. Seifert’s candidacy has been rumored in GOP circles for months, and the related chatter has only ramped up ...

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Dayton wants to temporarily suspend provisional release of sex offenders

Dayton has asked Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson to suspend any provisional releases from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program until a special task force and legislators can address concerns about the constitutionality of potentially locking up offenders for life.

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GOP House members raise concerns over proposed transfer of sex offenders

**UPDATED** GOP Reps. Brian Johnson and Nick Zerwas are raising concerns about plans to transfer six civilly committed sex offenders to a facility in Cambridge. In a letter to Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, the legislators questioned whether the plan will endanger the public.

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Senate passes sex offender legislation with bipartisan support

The Senate passed legislation on Tuesday making significant changes to the state's trouble civil commitment program for sex offenders with bipartisan support. The House version of the bill continues to face opposition from Republicans.

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Senate set to take up MSOP legislation, but problems remain in House

Rep. Tina Liebling vowed that she would pull her bill proposing changes to Minnesota’s troubled civil commitment program for sex offenders if Republicans asked for a roll call vote. The Rochester DFLer feared that Republicans would use any recorded vote to smear DFLers as soft on sex offenders when campaign season rolls around.

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