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Apr 20, 2011

Legislature considers new ways to pay for transportation projects

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is testing the waters on two unusual ways to pay for transportation projects.

Apr 18, 2011

Buesgens blasts GOP leadership, caucus system in letter to constituents

Rep. Mark Buesgens blasts the divisive, partisan culture of the Legislature in an email sent out to constituents over the weekend. In particular, the Jordan Republican criticizes his own party's leadership for putting preservation of power ahead of governing principles.

Apr 8, 2011

K-12: Key battles involve policy, not spending

In the wake of passing alternative teacher licensing earlier this year, Republicans have teed up more policy reforms to the K-12 education system in their omnibus school finance bill.

Apr 7, 2011

Huntley voted for HHS finance bill, but only to permit seat on conference committee

The House health and human services finance bill passed in the wee hours of the morning on a nearly party-line 70-62 vote. But four legislators strayed from their party's voting block.

Apr 5, 2011

Revamped HHS finance bill on its way to floor

The $10.6 billion health and human services finance bill cleared the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday morning. The revamped proposal -- which repeals the early expansion of Medicaid for roughly 90,000 poor, childless adults -- passed on a largely party-line 16-11 vote.

Apr 1, 2011

Board plays a critical role in keeping GOP together

Former Republican Rep. Dave Bishop remembers sitting in the office of then-House Speaker Steve Sviggum, trying to calm him down. Sviggum was fuming, as Bishop recalls, because he had just been voted down on an issue by the executive board, a small group of GOP representatives that serve as caucus advisers to the speaker of the House of Representatives.

Mar 17, 2011

Rep. Buesgens stopped by police, may have violated DWI probation

Republican Rep. Mark Buesgens was stopped by police Wednesday evening after having a drink in St. Paul, a possible violation of his probation from a drunk driving arrest late last year.

Mar 14, 2011

Buesgens votes against House budget resolution

The Republicans' budget resolution passed the House Ways and Means Committee over the objection of Rep. Mark Buesgens, R-Jordan.

Mar 9, 2011

Can hemp grow jobs?

Although the issue of medical marijuana seems dead for the duration of Session 2011, one related issue is making its way through the legislative machinery. Industrial hemp is gaining momentum at the Capitol, even though a proposal on the subject appears destined for trouble in public safety committees.

Feb 25, 2011

Taxing troubles ahead

The House Taxes Committee was a model of bipartisan accord on Thursday morning. On the agenda was legislation carried by Chairman Greg Davids, R-Preston, to address changes in the federal tax code that require changes to the state's tax rules if the state is to remain in conformity.

Jan 24, 2011

Partial smoking ban repeal introduced in House

A bill that would partially repeal Minnesota's smoking ban has been introduced in the House. The legislation would allow smoking in bars provided they meet certain requirements.

Dec 30, 2010

House GOP shapes key committees for budget battle

There were few surprises when the Minnesota House GOP released committee rosters last week. Legislators, Republican and Democrat alike, landed in spots where they've sat before, or - in the case of new lawmakers - where they have accrued relevant experience in their professional and personal lives.

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