Most of Dayton's 2014 agenda is already passed or moving toward passage. One key exception is the still unresolved funding measure for public construction projects. The governor's State of the State speech was about three months late due to his recent hip surgery.
The election-year speech, which comes unusually late in the legislative session, could preview some of the themes Dayton will use as he campaigns for re-election.
Senators voted 41-24 today for the House version of a bill to authorize the system, which was launched by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie last fall. A judge ruled Monday that Ritchie exceeded his authority and said the original system had to shut down by midnight tonight.
Members of the State and Local Government Committee advanced the bill today on a divided voice vote.
If a city or county provides lifeguards at a beach it owns, those lifeguards would need certification in first aid and CPR.
In response to a lawsuit, Judge John Guthman ruled today that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie lacked the statutory authority to launch the voter registration system on his own.
Minnesota lawmakers are moving closer to the conclusion of the 2014 session, but they still haven't decided how to spend the remainder of the $1.2 billion budget surplus.
Dayton on Thursday said he made the offer to House and Senate leaders "in the spirit of accommodation," as they work to negotiate a budget compromise.
Four Senate panels have already approved the bill, but it was sidetracked to the Rules Committee last month before a floor vote could take place. Now it's been sent to another committee.
Under the bill, law enforcement must show probable cause of a crime to track someone's cell phone. There's also a requirement for notifying people when their tracking information is collected.
Minnesota legislators return from their spring break today with plans to pass a bonding bill, and finalize tax and spending measures. In addition, supporters of medical marijuana are still trying to get a bill passed this year. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Pugmire who covers the capitol.
House and Senate negotiators will need to resolve the differences between two supplemental budget bills. The House version is $323 million. The Senate is at $210 million. Both bodies passed bills to reduce taxes by about $100 million, but there are differences
Minnesota's minimum wage will begin to climb this summer, and could keep climbing every year after that, now that Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill that includes automatic increases tied to inflation.
The law phases in the increase, setting a $9.50 minimum wage for businesses with gross sales over $500,000 in 2016. The first increase comes in August of this year when the hourly wage goes to $8.00. It goes to $9.00 in August 2015.
The Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee heard testimony for and against the bill for more than two hours but delayed a vote until after lawmakers take their Easter/Passover break.