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Jun 5, 2013

Leaders in Public Policy winners will be honored on July 11

State Rep. Karen Clark, who was the lead sponsor of legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, will receive the lifetime achievement award as part of the fourth annual Leaders in Public Policy awards, sponsored by Capitol Report and Politics in Minnesota. Clark and the other honorees will be recognized at a ceremony at the Saint Paul Hotel on July 11.

May 8, 2013

Capitol 10: Best Legislative Orators

Politicians give speeches for a living. We asked the Capitol Insiders which of the current legislators are the best orators? Here are their top answers.

May 1, 2013

House shoots down Sunday liquor sales

The proposal, offered by DFL Rep. Tina Liebling as an amendment to a broader liquor bill on Wednesday, would have also allowed liquor sales on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve. But the House defeated the amendment down on 106-21 vote, one of the widest margins of defeat for the perennial issue in years.

Apr 10, 2013

Sanford pulls out of merger talks with Fairview

South Dakota-based Sanford Health has pulled out its attempts to merge with Minnesota-based Fairview Health Services. Sanford's bid had drawn significant criticism from Minnesota legislators and Attorney General Lori Swanson. The company's CEO said in a statement it's "only going where we are invited."

Apr 8, 2013

DFL legislators introduce bills prohibiting out-of-state-ownership of U of M hospitals

DFL Reps. Joe Atkins and Dan Schoen have introduced legislation that would prohibit out-of-state-ownership of medical facilities run by the University of Minnesota. One bill would implement a ban on such takeovers through the end of 2014, while the other measure would create a permanent ban.

Mar 22, 2013

Another year, another pension problem

The omnibus pension bill that’s beginning its path through the Legislature puts the state’s ailing pension funds for police and firefighters back on the path to solvency.

Mar 20, 2013

Dayton signs legislation establishing health insurance marketplace

Gov. Mark Dayton signed legislation Wednesday morning establishing an online marketplace where individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase insurance. It's anticipated that nearly 1.3 million people will obtain insurance through the online market place once its fully established, including 300,000 individuals who currently lack coverage.

Mar 15, 2013

HIX bill nears Dayton’s desk

On Thursday night the Minnesota House of Representatives gave final passage to the bill establishing a state-run health-insurance marketplace, leaving the long-disputed measure just a Senate vote away from reaching the governor’s desk.

Mar 15, 2013

Health exchange bill heads toward final passage

The House passed legislation establishing an online marketplace where roughly 1.3 million individuals are expected to obtain insurance on a 72-61 vote early Friday morning.

Mar 14, 2013

Health exchange bill clears conference committee

Legislation establishing a state-run marketplace where individuals and small businesses can purchase health insurance is headed to the House floor.

Mar 13, 2013

Deadline brings action on flurry of bills

As the first committee deadlines of 2013 loom, Minnesota legislators have spent the week holding hearings on high-profile legislation ranging from the legalization of same-sex marriage to state funding for a Mayo Clinic-driven “destination medical center” development push in Rochester.

Mar 11, 2013

Conference committee for health exchange bill named

A ten-member conference committee has been named to hash out differences between the House and Senate versions of the health insurance exchange bill.

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