Tom Scheck Feature Archive

The chief sponsor of a bill that would require universal background checks for gun buyers is not backing down, despite signs the measure doesn't have enough support to pass the House. A bipartisan group of lawmakers will announce today a separate gun bill that does not include universal background checks. The dispute is creating a rift between two powerful DFL legislators. (03/06/2013)
A bill that would allow in-home child care providers and home care assistants for adults to decide whether they want to join a union was given its first hearing in a Minnesota Senate committee today. (03/04/2013)
Committees in the Minnesota House and Senate will hold hearings this week on raising the state's minimum wage. (02/24/2013)
A bill that would allow cities to install cameras designed to catch red light runners at intersections hit a red light of its own in a House committee. (02/21/2013)
Opponents of the new mining process packed a legislative hearing to urge Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers to regulate the sand mining industry. But industry officials say such regulations will limit job growth and create unnecessary burdens on them. (02/19/2013)
The Minnesota House is going back to full strength again with 134 members after DFLer Clark Johnson and Republican Tama Theis take the oath of office Tuesday. (02/19/2013)
For the past two years, cities and towns in southeastern Minnesota have been grappling with how to regulate frac sand mining. The debate over the issue is also creating some fault lines at the Capitol. (02/19/2013)
A bill that would adjust state tax law to match the federal tax changes Congress made at the end of 2012 is headed to Governor Dayton. The Minnesota House passed the so-called tax conformity measure today 109-19. (02/18/2013)
Looming across-the-board federal spending cuts could cost as many as 4,000 jobs in Minnesota, according to Minnesota Republican Representative John Kline. (02/18/2013)
A bill that would finance redevelopment around the Mayo Clinic's proposed expansion in Rochester is starting to move through the Legislature. (02/14/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton's sales tax proposal is attracting attention for how it would lower the tax rate but expand it to more services. In addition to people and businesses, the tax changes would apply to cities and counties, which also have to pay the sales tax. Some officials say expanding the sales tax to services would put a dent in their budgets. (02/14/2013)
The Minnesota House voted to expand Medical Assistance to cover more low income and disabled people. (02/12/2013)
Legislators are being asked to pass a bill that would require public officials to disclose more about where they earn their money. The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board voted Monday to encourage the Legislature to pass tougher economic disclosure laws. A proposal backed by the board would require officials to make public their consulting interests and details about income earned by their spouses. (02/05/2013)
Some Republicans are pining for a repeat campaign for Minnesota governor by former state Rep. Tom Emmer. (02/04/2013)
Some state lawmakers say questions the wisdom of financing public improvements around the Mayo Clinic's proposed expansion in Rochester. The health care provider announced a plan this week for investments totaling more than $5 billion over the next two decades that rely on about a half a billion dollars in taxpayer money. Even Gov. Mark Dayton expressed concern about the precedent it would set, but he said he doesn't want Minnesota to lose the clinic's headquarters. (02/01/2013)