The fundamental flaws of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program have long been known. Despite operating for nearly two decades and spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, the program has never successfully rehabilitated and released a civilly committed sex offender.
State Senate stalwart Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, likely won't pursue an 11th term in 2012.
The flood-relief bill that state legislators gathered to pass unanimously in Monday's special session reflected a changing sensibility about how Minnesota should deal with the threat of floods. It also offered an object lesson in the resourcefulness of environmentalists and conservation interests looking to keep their priorities in play even in a climate of budget crises.
At some point this year, everybody who's anybody in the state GOP and the Senate Republican Caucus has stepped to a podium to proclaim 2010 the year they will finally take over the chamber.
Identical twins Jeff and Jay Backer are both running for legislative seats in western Minnesota. Is this the first time identical twins have run for the Legislature in the same election cycle?
Lobbying pressure remains strong for a second bonding bill. A mixture of interests that saw projects vetoed in first bill are back at the Capitol making their pitch to lawmakers.
Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson said today he's "not foolish enough" to think the final bonding bill will be $725 million. But at this point, Gov. Pawlenty maintains that $725 million is the limit.
State legislators met this afternoon with Gov. Pawlenty's legislative liaison Chris DeLaForest to discuss further their differences on the bonding bill.
GOP and DFL legislators and Pawlenty's legislative liaison Chris DeLaForest are expected to meet later today on the bonding bill.
Key legislators plan to meet again with Gov. Tim Pawlenty at 9 a.m. Thursday to discuss their differences on the bonding bill. On Wednesday afternoon, Pawlenty met with all the conferees that earlier this week approved a $1 billion borrowing bill.
House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher took everyone in the room by surprise when she announced at an impromptu presser Tuesday afternoon that the Legislature would invoke an obscure parliamentary play to pull back a $1 billion bonding bill that Gov. Tim Pawlenty had promised to veto on arrival.
The House and Senate have agreed to a compromise $1 billion bonding bill. Speculation now shifts to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's approach to using his veto authority on the bill.
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