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Minnesota Senate

Jul 29, 2015

Committee OKs budget for Senate

Senate staff will get a 3 percent raise plus a one-time payment.

Apr 23, 2014

Senate passes phone surveillance bill

Both chambers have rejected provision requiring search warrant, a key provision pushed by privacy advocates.

Apr 2, 2014

A DFL push for gender fairness — and votes

A Senate panel on Monday unanimously approved the Women’s Economic Security Act, which funds programs to lure more women into better-paying, male-dominated fields.

Mar 26, 2014

Endorsement battles refigure legislative field

Retiring legislators, or those seeking higher office, have left some relatively safe seats open, while other districts’ endorsements have been altered.

Oct 31, 2013

Former GOP Rep. Knoblach sues over Minnesota Senate building

The former Republican House Ways and Means chair has filed a lawsuit alleging the funding for a new Senate building and Capitol parking facility in the 2013 omnibus tax bill is unconstitutional. The building is currently scheduled to break ground in February or March.

Jul 2, 2013

Standing up for students

Meet Sarah Clarke, of the Minnesota State Colleges Student Association.

May 8, 2013

Day care, PCA unions bill meets resistance

No bill has faced a more tortuous path this legislative session than a proposal to allow child care workers and personal care assistants to unionize.

May 8, 2013

Campaign finance bills move to House, Senate floors

The bills, sponsored by Sen. Ann Rest and Rep. Ryan Winkler, increase state limits on the contributions that candidates can receive and the amount of money they can spend.

May 3, 2013

Senate plan would delay Capitol makeover

A proposal to pay for the next installment of the Capitol restoration project with $30 million included in the omnibus tax bill could put the project on hold.

May 3, 2013

Solar outlook cloudy: House, Senate differ on energy standards

After 10 days of limbo and behind-the-scenes talks at the state Capitol, legislation to boost the state’s solar power industry has passed out of House and Senate committees.

May 3, 2013

David Strom: A tax bill’s Legacy costs

The Minnesota Senate has gotten truly ambitious by pushing a plan to reform the sales tax, broadening the base and reducing the overall sales tax rate. By doing so they can appear to be lowering taxes, while in fact increasing the state’s tax receipts.

May 1, 2013

Take two: Senate defeats, then passes, its tax bill

In an embarrassing misstep, the Senate’s omnibus tax bill was initially defeated on a 34-32 vote Monday. But after a brief caucus meeting, DFLers returned to the floor and passed the bill on a 35-31 vote.

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