House Majority Leader Erin Murphy said Melin’s bill would be put up for a vote in the House Rules Committee on Friday, and said it was “unclear” when the bill would reach the House floor.
Noting the current high profile debate at the Capitol over medical marijuana legislation and the dearth of pro-legalization candidates in the gubernatorial field, gubernatorial candidate Chris Holbrook thinks his party could garner 5 percent of the vote in November.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk explained that the Senate’s quickened pace came at Dayton’s urging. “The governor, probably about two weeks ago, actually asked the Legislature to move on the bill,” Bakk said. “I guess, at his request, we thought we would show him that courtesy.”
A medical marijuana proposal is moving to another committee in a continued sprint toward an uncertain future.
Gov. Mark Dayton could get a bill authorizing the online registration -- the policy isn't controversial among lawmakers, just the way the secretary of state's office put it in place -- as early as Tuesday, which would minimize service disruptions. Roughly 3,600 people have used the system to register to vote.
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 7-3, across party lines, to move the languishing proposal forward. It has so far passed one committee in the House. Sen. Scott Dibble, the measure's chief Senate sponsor, called the proposal a "responsible bill."
With the fate of proposed medical marijuana legislation still uncertain, Minnesotans for Compassionate Care heralded the latest additions to its coalition.
The Senate passed a measure on Tuesday that would enhance the regulation of cell-phone tracking devices currently used by at least two law enforcement organizations in the state. The Senate version, however, was amended at the last minute to weaken the legal standard allowing only limited access to citizens' location information, according to privacy advocates
Though legislators have already passed $443 million in tax cuts, they're still wrangling over the differences between two bills that would provide roughly $100 million in additional tax relief. The House has passed $323 in new spending, which must be meshed with a $210 million bill from the Senate.
Thissen: Law enforcement “not opposed to” bill On Thursday House leaders announced a breakthrough in negotiations with law enforcement on the hot-button topic of medical marijuana, offering new legislation that they say police organizations have agreed not to oppose. The deal signals a key step in the ongoing debate over marijuana, as Gov. Mark Dayton’s ...
“Let’s see ‘em vote. They’ve hidden behind their desks the whole session,” Dayton said at a press conference at the Capitol.
Two activists who were at that meeting have doubled down on their assertion that Dayton did discuss the subject with them -- at some length, they say.
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