Republicans haven't seen a competitive state primary in two decades. The impending one gives the candidates only about 10 weeks to make their case to voters.
The Minnesota secretary of state position has taken on a much higher profile since after election recounts in 2008 and 2010. Democrats and Republicans are set to pick their candidates this weekend.
Minnesota revised, reduced or eliminated 1,175 laws and regulations this year, an effort that will make state government work better, Dayton said Tuesday.
Lawmakers approved $20 million for the effort as part of a larger supplemental spending bill that they passed on the last day of the 2014 session.
Craft beer tap rooms in Minnesota will now be able to open their doors on Sundays under legislation DFL Governor Mark Dayton signed into law.
The governor, who did not use any line-item vetoes to trim the bonding or spending bills, said the progress of the past two sessions working with DFL majorities, was a sharp contrast to the previous two years, when he frequently clashed with the Republican-controlled House and Senate.
The long, last day was packed with final votes on several key issues, including a bonding bill, tax bill, supplemental budget bill and medical marijuana.
Minnesota lawmakers moved closer to adjourning the 2014 legislative session on Friday with a last-minute work list that included a final Senate vote the $1.1 billion package of public construction projects the House passed about six hours earlier.
The combination of borrowing and cash pays for dozens of projects, including the state Capitol renovation, civic centers in several cities around the state, and part of the Lewis and Clark water pipeline in southwestern Minnesota.
Minnesota is now poised to become the 22nd state to legalize medical marijuana. But the compromise legislation would create the strictest law of the bunch.
By a vote of 40-25, state senators approved an amendment to a proposed constitutional amendment on legislative salaries that lawmakers have set for the for the 2016 ballot.
Dayton said the Senate bill is much weaker and might not receive a vote. With a week left before the Legislature adjourns, the governor said Monday that the measure is a priority that he doesn't want overlooked.
Gov. Mark Dayton has made it clear that he favors the more restrictive version passed by the Minnesota House last week. Dayton said Monday that he's concerned about the Senate provision on to authorize patients to vaporize marijuana.
State lawmakers have just one week left to finish their work and adjourn the 2014 session. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Pugmire, who covers the Capitol.
The legislation, known as the Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research Act, would authorize a limited observational study of medical cannabis in liquid and pill form, but not smoking. Vaporized delivery would be allowed only with the in-person supervision of a physician.