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Kathy Sheran

Apr 5, 2013

Court-driven MSOP reforms still alive

When Rep. Tina Liebling’s bill proposing substantive changes to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) came up for a committee hearing last month, she pleaded with legislators not to turn it into a political mallet.

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.

Feb 20, 2013

Bills aim to shore up kids’ mental health programs

Beneath the noisy debate about guns that has erupted at the Capitol this session, there is a quieter legislative push to improve mental health services in schools and public health programs.

Feb 19, 2013

Dayton signs bill to further expand Medical Assistance in Minnesota

Gov. Mark Dayton's signature means an additional 35,000 low-income adults will be covered by federal money in a state-crafted Medicaid program, including adults without children making less than $15,000 a year. "I haven't done one of these for awhile," Dayton joked as he signed the bill in a ceremony on Tuesday alongside its two Democratic authors in the Legislature, Sen. Kathy Sheran and Rep. To[...]

Nov 16, 2012

Senate Democrats name committee chairs

The Senate DFL has formalized its committee structure and appointed the chairs who will direct the flow of legislation in 2013.

May 9, 2012

DFL votes pass GOP bonding bill

Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate have had two choices regarding their posture heading into the 2012 campaign season: Withhold votes on key bills to set up the claim that Republicans presided over a do-nothing session, or put up the votes to ensure passage of key initiatives and cry “job creation!”

Apr 17, 2012

Senate ethics panel deadlocks again over DFL complaint against Geoff Michel

It's been nearly a month since the committee last met to discuss complaint, opting to meet again after talks stalled. This time senators acknowledged their unbreakable stalemate, and voted 3-1 to adjourn to the call of the chair with no final decision.

Mar 29, 2012

Senate bonding bill heads to floor

The bill emerged largely as introduced Wednesday, except for a nominal amount of funds for a Mankato civic center, which supporters added as a placeholder Thursday morning.

Mar 23, 2012

Senate panel deadlocks over Michel ethics complaint

Flanked by almost the entire GOP caucus, Sen. Geoff Michel vigorously defended his handling of the Amy Koch-Michael Brodkorb scandal at a hearing before the Senate ethics panel on Friday afternoon.

Nov 22, 2011

2012 legislative races start to take shape

Nobody knows what the legislative maps will look like in 2012. The politically charged redistricting process will almost certainly be decided by the courts, most likely in February. But that uncertainty over legislative district boundaries hasn’t stopped numerous challengers on both sides of the aisle from declaring their candidacies.

Oct 17, 2011

Sheran attracts challenger in Mankato district

St. Clair City Council member Chris Cousins plans to challenge Sen. Kathy Sheran in 2012, according to a report in the Mankato Free Press. Cousins is a sales representative at Lowe's and a reserve officer with the St. Peter Police Department.

Jun 13, 2011

Senate ethics panel rules Hoffman must apologize for tweet

Freshman Republican Sen. Gretchen Hoffman must apologize to DFL Sen. Barb Goodwin for a tweet she sent out in the midst of a health and human services debate during session, the Senate Ethics Committee ruled on Monday.

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