Law enforcement groups told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that they might not oppose marijuana extracts like oils or pills for treatment, but they don't want to see the creation of 55 marijuana dispensaries.
The annual address typically comes at the beginning, not the end of the legislative session, but Dayton's health problems led him to delay it. As a result, the speech comes as the governor prepares to jumpstart his re-election campaign.
People who run drug treatment programs in Minnesota worry that opening the door to any form of legal marijuana will cause many more problems and could lead to greater abuse.
The nation's top telecoms regulator is proposing to allow a pay-for-priority fast lane for movies, music and other services to get to people's homes. Under the proposal, an access provider could demand that high-traffic services such as Netflix pay for preferential treatment.
The Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee followed through on Gov. Mark Dayton's recent suggestion that lawmakers need to "stop hiding behind their desks" on medical marijuana and take a stance.
Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, says his bill would allow sick people to get a doctor's permission to use marijuana.
Supporters of legal marijuana packed the Minnesota Capitol rotunda today. No bills have been introduced this session to legalize marijuana, but a Senate committee is scheduled to debate the medical marijuana bill on Friday.
Some Minnesota legislators, frustrated with their inability to make any headway against law enforcement objections to a medical marijuana bill, are expressing concern that police and prosecutors are spending too much time at the Capitol protecting and serving their own interests.
Minnesota is hitting the airwaves in 12 states and two Canadian provinces to try to lure more visitors to Minnesota.
The Teamsters objection to a measure allowing taprooms to sell growlers on Sunday threatens to stall the entire omnibus liquor bill. This would affect the University of Minnesota's ability to sell at its football stadium and taprooms would not be able to open on Sundays at all.
After several hours of contentious debate, the Minnesota House today passed a bill to make that the hourly wage by a vote of 71-60. The vote follows one by the Senate on Monday.
The bill expands access to affordable health care, expands family leave and provides reasonable accommodations for pregnant and nursing employees.
Republicans want to use Wednesday's legislative oversight hearing on the state online insurance marketplace to focus on the problems that plagued the website since it went live in October. Gov. Mark Dayton calls the hearings "a farce. They're making a mockery of the word 'oversight.'"
Construction for the building is now expected to begin on July 1, provided the Minnesota Supreme Court dismisses a legal challenge to the building. The building relies on $76 million in taxpayer money and an additional $13 million in parking fees.
It's a pattern of behavior his opponents say they've seen repeatedly during his first term as governor. Whether it's a Vikings stadium, business and cigarette taxes, or medical marijuana, some Republicans say Dayton's policy shifts show he's inconsistent and erratic.