In a bipartisan vote, the state Senate voted 48 to 18 Tuesday for a bill that allows approved patients access to cannabis in pill and liquid form, but not smoking. The Senate measure does not have the blessing of law enforcement or DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.
Senators voted 48 to 18 Tuesday for the measure, which would allow qualified patients legal access to cannabis in pill and liquid form. They could vaporize cannabis, but smoking would be prohibited.
The Minnesota Senate on Monday approved a bill that would allow judges to order people served with domestic abuse protection orders to surrender their guns. The vote was 60 to 4.
The list includes improvements to the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter and a section of the Lewis and Clark water pipeline project in southwestern Minnesota. The final $126 million needed for the state Capitol renovation is part of the separate cash measure.
The Minnesota Senate now has a bonding bill proposal to compete with earlier plans from the House and Gov. Mark Dayton.
DFL leaders have been trying unsuccessfully to persuade Republicans to back a bigger bill. They could still fall short of the GOP votes they need to pass a bonding bill, if Republicans don't like the final list of projects.
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.