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ST. PAUL — Minnesota may become the next state to treat electronic cigarettes like combustible tobacco products when it comes to “vaping” inside public places. The Minnesota House approved legislation Thursday, March 14, to add e-cigarettes to the state’s indoor smoking ban. The vote was 100-25. Similar legislation has bipartisan support in the Senate, but has not had a hearing this year.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota Supreme Court ordered the state Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision to dismiss a lawsuit that claims teachers union rules protect bad educators. On Tuesday, Aug.. 21, the state's top court said that the appeals court should re-examine the case after another recent state Supreme Court ruling that allowed a class-action lawsuit seeking to desegregate Twin Cities schools to proceed.
ST. PAUL—Six years ago, IPS Solar in Roseville had just four employees. Today, it has more than 40 and expects to keep growing. Eric Pasi, chief development officer of the commercial solar developer and installer, says much of that increase is due to legislation approved in 2013 that required more of the state's energy to be produced from solar power. "That kind of growth is why we are so excited about supporting and nurturing the clean energy business in Minnesota, and why we've made being active in policy discussions a priority," Pasi said.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn.—Political junkies have their eyes on the first battles of what's shaping up to be in the electoral war of 2018. Voters will decide two special elections Monday for seats in the Minnesota Legislature after the unexpected resignations of lawmakers late last year amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide if a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's teachers union protections should move forward. The Supreme Court announced Tuesday it had agreed to hear the case brought by Tiffini Flynn Forslund and three other Minnesota parents. Forslund's case, filed in April 2016, was dismissed by the Ramsey County District Court and that decision was upheld by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
ST. PAUL—Minnesotans who buy insurance on the individual market could start signing up for plans Wednesday as politicians continued to debate the role government should play in providing citizens health insurance. Open enrollment for MNsure, the state's Affordable Care Act marketplace, began Wednesday and runs through Jan. 14 for the roughly 4 percent of the state population that purchases individual or small group insurance plans.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota Legislature is moving ahead with what many agree is a long overdue overhaul of the way the state licenses educators. The House approved a bill Monday afternoon with a 76-55 vote that will transfer licensing powers away from the state Department of Education and Board of Teaching and consolidate it under a new Professional Educator Licensing Board. The legislation also creates a new four-tiered licensing system that lawmakers hope will be easier for prospective educators to understand.