Today was the day House and Senate Republicans wanted to wrap up the 2012 legislative session, but they have yet to resolve three big issues and the session will continue for at least another day.
Republican legislative leaders had hoped that Monday would be the last day of the 2012 Legislative session, but now they say they're no longer sure they'll meet that goal. They want to act on a tax bill and a bonding bill, but are also under pressure to vote on a new Vikings football stadium. MPR Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the sale and use of more powerful backyard fireworks in Minnesota.
Supporters of a Vikings stadium bill in the Minnesota House don't have enough votes to pass the legislation, Speaker Kurt Zellers said late Saturday as he put off bringing the measure up for a full vote.
House and Senate negotiators removed the one-time, early fishing provision from the final version of the game and fish bill, which could return for a floor vote in the House as early as tonight.
Republican leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate say it will take strong, bipartisan support to pass a Vikings stadium bill this session — but they won't be seeing many "yes" votes from Minneapolis Democrats.
Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers says a private meeting with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday morning focused on a bonding bill and tax bill, but there were no agreements reached.
The incoming class of GOP lawmakers who promised to hold the line on spending and taxes, and also reduce the size of state government, is dealing with the big push for a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.
The Minnesota Senate today passed a game and fish bill that would increase license fees for the first time in nearly 12 years, but it does not move up the start of this year's fishing season.
Hunting and fishing advocates gathered at the State Capitol Monday to support the passage of a game and fish bill that includes license fee increases.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he believes there is a general commitment among Minnesota lawmakers to act this session on legislation to build a new Vikings stadium.
A $221 million plan to renovate the state Capitol building has failed by one vote in the Minnesota House.
Democrats in the Minnesota House say they won't provide the votes needed to pass a bonding bill this session unless the list of construction projects grows significantly.
Gov. Mark Dayton has signed legislation that classifies the intentional neglect of vulnerable adults or children as a felony crime rather than a misdemeanor.
The governor said he thinks the gap between himself and Republican leaders actually widened after a series of closed-door meetings yesterday.