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Process dispute leads to Dayton outdoors vetoes

May 23, 2013 in Pine Journal

ov. Mark Dayton vetoed two provisions of a bill funding outdoors and arts projects, saying a House committee ignored a citizen advisory panel. Continue Reading

House OKs $2 billion tax bill, Senate backs Capitol repair

May 20, 2013 in Pine Journal

Faced with a midnight constitutional deadline to adjourn for the year, Republicans and Democrats began working together overnight to find a way to neatly end the contentious session. Continue Reading

Legislature making more health care changes

April 26, 2013 in Pine Journal

Minnesota already is on track to establish a new way for its residents to buy health insurance, and now legislators are poised to change how the state takes care of its elderly, disabled and poor. Continue Reading

Former legislator aims to make a difference at FDLTCC

April 13, 2013 in Pine Journal

Bill Hilty may have retired from the state legislature, but he is still working on energy and environmental issues only at a more local level, specifically Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Continue Reading

Providers for children, elderly, disabled split on union question

March 14, 2013 in Pine Journal

Childcare providers are divided about whether self-employed child care providers who receive state subsidies for some children should be allowed to join unions. Continue Reading

Nolan Decries Today’s House Adjournment

February 15, 2013 in Pine Journal

Following today’s House vote to adjourn rather than remain in session to continue to seek a solution to the looming sequester, Minnesota’s 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan issued the following statement: Continue Reading

Policies and politics quiet ahead of the new session

November 28, 2012 in West Central Tribune

ST. PAUL It is a busy, busy time in legislative offices these days.
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Bakk names Senate committee leaders

November 15, 2012 in Pine Journal

Local Minnesota State Senator Tony Lourey of Kerrick was appointed Chair of the Health and Human Services Finance Committee. Continue Reading

A look at voter photo ID issues

October 23, 2012 in Pine Journal

Here are some issues related to a proposed constitutional amendment that would require Minnesota voters to produce photographic identification before casting ballots: Continue Reading

Legislative forum cancelled

October 17, 2012 in The Daily Republic

A legislative forum was supposed to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in Bon Homme County, but has been canceled. Continue Reading