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May 2, 2014

The Capitol Note: House compromise divides lawmakers, advocates

The bill would allow children and certain adults with severe illnesses -- more restrictive than a different proposal that has stalled in the House -- to ingest and vaporize marijuana as part of clinical trials. The Senate version, which has been moving with more force, is more permissive. The proposals will travel in earnest on Friday into next week.

Apr 3, 2014

Bonding: House borrowing, cash bills pass committee vote

House Republicans gave some indication of their own priorities during the committee meeting.

Feb 19, 2014

The Capitol Note: Medicinal marijuana support at 51 percent

The idea is significantly more popular with the young and less affluent, and polls much better with Democrats than Republicans.

Oct 30, 2013

MNsure to offer new insurance plans in southeastern Minnesota

The lack of plans available was thought to be caused by the relatively expensive cost of health care in that region.

Sep 4, 2013

Stadium oversight meeting cancelled owing to leadership dispute

**UPDATED** Senate and House members continue to squabble over leadership of a committee that's supposed to provide oversight for the Minnesota Vikings stadium and other sports facilities.

May 20, 2013

Daycare, PCA unionization bill sent to Dayton’s desk after 68-66 House vote

The bill passed the House by a tally of 68-66, with the entire House Republican caucus joined by five moderate Democrats who voted in opposition.

May 17, 2013

Mayo DMC language adopted in taxes conference committee

The Mayo Clinic's "destination medical center" took another step towards gaining up to $400 million in state financial support on Friday evening. The tax conference committee adopted language laying out the financial terms and governing structure for the estimated $5.5 billion project.

May 1, 2013

Workers’ comp bill moving in both chambers

State lawmakers are introducing a workers’ compensation proposal that business and labor leaders alike regard as the most significant change to the system in 18 years.

Apr 17, 2013

Rep. Kelly: New civil unions bill would remove word ‘marriage’ from law

Kelly’s previous bill, which got a cold reception from gay marriage advocates earlier this month, added civil unions alongside any instance of the word marriage in state statute. His new proposal would eliminate marriage from the lawbooks and and enshrine civil unions in its place

Apr 17, 2013

Revamped Mayo deal appears set

It was hardly a secret that the Mayo Clinic’s plan to create a “destination medical center” in Rochester was never going to make it through the House Taxes Committee as originally conceived. Rep. Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington, the influential chair of the committee, was extremely blunt about the problems she saw with the proposal.

Apr 5, 2013

Civil unions bill draws sharp reaction

Republican Rep. Tim Kelly is one of the last GOP legislators you’d expect to find on the bad side of gay marriage advocates. The three-term member from Red Wing is well-known for bucking his own caucus in 2011 as Republicans worked to pass a controversial constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Apr 3, 2013

House lawmakers introduce bill to allow civil unions

Republican Rep. Tim Kelly introduced the proposal in a Capitol news conference on Wednesday, which would add civil union language in state law next to any mention of marriage. Kelly was joined by Republican Reps. Pat Garofalo, Andrea Kieffer and Denny McNamara. Rochester DFL Rep. Kim Norton has also signed on to the bill but was not at the news conference.

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