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May 2, 2019

Mitchell: Probation policy a likely commission emphasis

New chair presides over first Sentencing Guidelines Commission meeting May 9.

May 2, 2019

Family matters heat up House debate

Public safety/judiciary omnibus survives five DFL defections to pass.

Jan 20, 2016

Limmer: Use law to ban state action sparingly

She’s still getting her sea legs under her, so Kelly Mitchell wasn’t ready last week to talk at length about how her new appointment as chair might change the Sentencing Guidelines Commission. “It’s been all of, you know, a day,” she said with a laugh during an April 23 interview. Mitchell, the commission’s executive director ...

May 14, 2014

After strange interlude, sprinklers apparently out of bonding bill

House Capital Investment Chair Alice Hausman told reporters on Wednesday that the sprinkler provision would not be included in either chamber’s final bonding package.

Apr 23, 2013

‘Dream Act’ heading to the floor in the Senate

The Finance Committee amended the bill on Monday to include a $100,000 appropriation in 2014 to cover the costs of buying or licensing a computer system for processing financial aid documents.

Apr 9, 2013

‘Dream Act’ not on Pelowski’s legislative wish list

Rep. Gene Pelowski does not intend to schedule a vote on legislation that would allow students without legal immigration status to pay in-state tuition at public universities. The chair of the Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee argues that the issues raised by the so-called "Dream Act" are beyond the state Legislature's purview.

Feb 15, 2013

State’s unclaimed property cache grows

The state of Minnesota has a potential pool of revenue at its disposal that many lawmakers may not know about. Over the last decade, the value of assets held by the state as unclaimed personal property has more than tripled.

Dec 26, 2012

What to watch for in Minnesota’s coming legislative session

Here’s a guide to key policy matters that are likely to be addressed and heavily lobbied in the 2013 legislative session.

Dec 26, 2012

Minnesota’s DFL majorities face social issues pressure

As they prepare to take the reins of state government starting in 2013, Minnesota Democrats are attempting to strike a delicate balance between erasing a projected budget deficit and handling pent-up demand to tackle liberal social issues after two decades of divided control in St. Paul.

Dec 19, 2012

Beyond the budget 2013

The path through any budget session leads to a negotiating table at which the governor and legislative leaders work out the most politically palatable taxing and spending deal they can muster. But the budget is never the only game in town. Before the session endgame gets played out, a network of committees will play host to various and sundry dramas involving policy issues before state government.[...]

Nov 9, 2012

DFL majorities pick their leaders

Close on the heels of Tuesday’s election, members of the new DFL House and Senate majorities gathered behind closed doors on Thursday to elect their leaders. As expected, the minority leaders who helped steer Democrats back into control — Rep. Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, and Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook — were elevated to House speaker and Senate majority leader.

Mar 28, 2012

LIFO repeal appears headed for veto

A year after Republican legislators joined forces with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to enact changes to state education policy, the GOP’s 2012 K-12 agenda is foundering.

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