Christopher Snowbeck, St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota woman says her husband has died as part of the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola virus that has killed more than 600 people in West Africa...
ST. PAUL — Home care workers in Minnesota are pushing forward with plans for a union election this summer that organizers say would be the largest such vote in state history. Workers and organizers with the Service Employees International Union filed with state officials Tuesday 9,000 cards signed by workers calling for the election. Assuming the process moves forward as planned, election results could be tallied by late summer, said Josh Tilsen, commissioner of the state’s Bureau of Mediation Services, which oversees union elections. The action comes despite a U.S.
ST. PAUL — MNsure’s online system for managing people’s health coverage needs a lot of work before November, when the next wave of people trying to buy coverage through the health exchange begins. Only 26 of 73 areas of functionality reviewed were working as expected, a consultant’s report for the MNsure board of directors says. The report from Deloitte was to be presented Wednesday at a MNsure board meeting in St.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota is on the cusp of joining more than 20 states in legalizing medical marijuana. The state Senate voted 46-16 on Friday for a bill that would provide marijuana in the form of liquids and pills to terminally ill patients and those with eight serious medical conditions. The House followed suit Friday evening with an 89-40 vote. It now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton, who said Thursday he would sign the bill. “This is about getting something into the hands of people who have no other available options that are any good at all — people who are suffering,” said Sen.
ST. PAUL — A bipartisan group of lawmakers will try to negotiate a compromise on medical marijuana legislation in the coming days. The state Senate voted Tuesday not to concur with legislation passed last week by the House, calling instead for the appointment of a conference committee. Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis and lead author of the Senate’s bill, was appointed by the Senate to the committee along with Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, and Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover. Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing and lead author of the House’s bill, was appointed by the House along with Rep.
ST. PAUL — The state Senate’s finance committee approved a bill for medical marijuana on a 14-7 bipartisan vote Monday. The bill could go to the Senate floor as early as Wednesday, said Heather Azzi of Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, the lead lobbying group that’s backing the legislation. The bill from Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, would let patients with certain medical conditions obtain 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana if recommended by a physician.
ST. PAUL — A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota cleared a second committee hurdle in the state Senate on Tuesday, and is scheduled for another hearing today. The Senate’s state and local government committee approved the measure on a voice vote after reviewing rule-making provisions that would govern how a new network of marijuana dispensaries would prevent thefts and advertise cannabis treatment. Rules also would govern how new groups of patients could seek access to marijuana, as well as a system for tracking marijuana inventories. The legislation from Sen.
ST. PAUL -- A state Senate committee advanced a bill to legalize medical marijuana on a 7-3 vote Friday morning. The legislation next will be taken up by a rules committee in the Senate next week, said Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis. Dibble is the sponsor of legislation in the Senate, which won bipartisan support Friday morning. Sen. Michelle Benson, a Republican from Ham Lake, joined six Democrats on the committee in supporting the bill. Sen.
St. Paul — Two days after Gov. Mark Dayton chided lawmakers for “hiding behind their desks” on the medical marijuana issue, a bill to give some patients access to cannabis got its first hearing Thursday in the state Senate. The Senate’s Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing ultimately tabled the bill without taking a vote. Debate is scheduled to continue after legislators return to the Capitol on April 22 after the Easter/Passover break. The bill from Sen.