ST. PAUL — Representatives from each of the 11 American Indian tribes in Minnesota on Monday, Feb. 18, gave state legislators a refresher course on the history of Indigenous people in the state and asked that they keep them in mind when writing laws. It was the first time in more than a decade that lawmakers turned over the House of Representatives for an intensive session on an issue. And it was the first time all 11 tribes were invited to speak in that chamber.
ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz's administration took its first real "test" this week as it issued an announcement saying it would petition for reconsideration of the Public Utilities Commission's certificate of need for the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project, letting an appeal move forward. In the eyes of some, he passed with flying colors. Others said the decision showed he flunked his promise to govern with a "One Minnesota" message.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Friday, Feb. 15, requested $4.6 million to fight the spread of chronic wasting disease, a deadly neurological disease in deer that scientists fear could become a danger to humans. The announcement comes the same day Department of Natural Resources officials said they'd identified a case of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer in Crow Wing County. It's the first confirmed case reported outside southeastern Minnesota.
ST. PAUL -- A series of failures and flawed decisions at nearly every step of the rollout of the state's computer system used to get vehicle titles and license plate tabs fueled headaches and long waits for Minnesotans over the last two years.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota students could see local farm-grown produce on their school lunch trays under a proposal put forth by a bipartisan pair of lawmakers. State Sen. Mike Goggin, R-Red Wing, and Rep. Todd Lippert, DFL-Northfield, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at a news conference said their proposal would give kids access to healthier school meals and offer an "anchor customer" to farmers.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota lawmakers weighed some of the first proposals aimed at addressing the shortage of child care providers in Minnesota's rural areas Wednesday, Feb. 13. Lawmakers on the Senate Committee on Family Care and Aging advanced two bills that would set aside up $10 million in grants to help child care providers in Greater Minnesota expand and clarify training requirements for providers. And they heard testimony about other efforts to reduce some of the regulatory burdens forcing child care providers to shutter.
ST. PAUL -- Republican state lawmakers and Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday, Feb. 13, laid out some of their priorities for the state's nearly $50 billion spending plan, illustrating areas of likely division moving forward. The remarks issued in separate forums weren't specific. More detailed plans will come next week as Walz is set to unveil his first spending plan. Lawmakers will take that budget as a suggestion and craft their own ahead of a May deadline.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers on Tuesday, Feb. 12, advanced a proposal to ban the sale of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, to those younger than 21. The House Health and Human Services Policy Committee approved House File 331, which would bar the sale, lending or giving of tobacco products to Minnesotans younger than 21. Currently, Minnesotans can buy and use tobacco products beginning at age 18.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday announced that his administration would petition the Public Utilities Commission to reconsider its certificate of need for the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline project, allowing a Dayton administration appeal to move forward. The decision fueled excitement in environmental and tribal groups that opposed the construction and furthered frustration among labor and economic development groups as well as Republican state lawmakers, who'd urged Walz to drop the appeal.
ST. PAUL -- A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers is hopeful that data illustrating the state is one of the worst in the nation when it comes to the achievement gap for students of color will ensure the approval of a proposal to recruit more teachers of color and American Indian teachers to Minnesota classrooms.