A joint House/Senate conference committee has agreed to ban the use of e-cigarettes in government buildings, schools, the University of Minnesota and campuses in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
Sen. Dick Cohen, DFL-St. Paul, and Rep. Lynn Carlson, DFL-Crystal, on Monday announced their spending targets for each budget division. Health and Human Services will see the biggest increase in spending - roughly $104 million - in the current budget cycle. Spending on early childhood and K12 education will increase $54 million.
Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover, says the bill would require police and prosecutors to get approval from a judge before they can start tracking an individual's cell phone. He said that's a big change since current law does not require police to any approval to track someone's cell phone.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday he will veto a public works bill if the Legislature insists on including language in it that would ban the state from requiring sprinklers in any new homes.
Gov. Mark Dayton said today that he would not would not veto a bill that would ban the use of e-cigarettes in public indoor spaces, if it is passed by the Legislature.
While the Legislature has let employees buy back years of service to correct a mistake, it's never allowed anyone to join a pension after earlier electing to opt out of the plan, said Mary Most Vanek, executive director of the Public Employee Retirement Association of Minnesota.
"For 50 years we have assumed that we have equal pay for equal work," said DFL Sen. Sandy Pappas. "And the whole purpose of this bill is to see if that's the case, if we can get a handle on this stubborn pay gap."
The Minnesota House overwhelmingly passed a bill today extends bar hours during this summer's Major League Baseball All-Star Game, extends alcohol sales at the University of Minnesota's football stadium and allows taprooms to open on Sundays.
The agreement would expand unpaid family leave and require businesses to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant and nursing employees. It would also provide money to help increase the number of women working in high-wage, high-demand jobs.
The chamber voted in favor of allowing craft beer tap rooms to sell growlers for takeaway on Sundays, but then the bill got pulled from debate.
The proposal would include electronic cigarettes under the same rules as smoking. The bill would also ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and keep e-cigs out of schools.
The measure would have opened the door to allowing a form of Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota.
The Minnesota House unanimously passed a bill Friday that would require police to get a judge's approval before tracking the location of someone's cell phone.
The bill comes after a 2011 Supreme Court ruling that the Minnesota Department of Health's policy of archiving newborn blood samples violated the state's Genetic Information Act.
The deal doesn't allow smoking of marijuana, but would allow for vapor delivery. It also includes the option of a state-based manufacturer of the medication if no federal source is available.