Posted at 6:45 AM on May 1, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest, where lawmakers have missed a self-imposed deadline to finish the session, the tax bill is a big sticking point between leadership and the governor, and a bill that will allow more games at horse tracks has been sent to Dayton.
At the Capitol
The Minnesota Legislature is back in session this morning after missing a self-imposed deadline to finish their work by Monday night.
Talks between legislative leadership and Gov. Mark Dayton about passing a handful of bills and ending the session continued Monday, but with little progress.
A bill to allow more card tables and new blackjack games at the state's horse tracks is on its way to Dayton for consideration.
The tax bill is a big road block in end-of-session budget negotiations.
Three senators say taxes paid by fans can help fund stadium.
Dayton vetoed a bill that would require a doctor to be in the room when a woman takes a pill to induce abortion.
Minnesota is a case study in the politics of implementing the health insurance exchanges, writes the New York Times.
The Star Tribune reports that the chief executive of URS Corp., which worked on the collapsed 35W bridge, wants to meet with Dayton to prove it should get more state contracts.
Dayton is expected to sign a game and fish bill that raises new revenue for the Department of Natural Resources.
The Republican Party of Minnesota has reached a rent agreement with its landlord.
A hearing on the matter is scheduled for this morning at 8:45 a.m. at the Ramsey County District Court.
Sen. Al Franken wants colleges and universities to provide more understandable information about financial aid to students.
President Barack Obama asked China to improve its human rights record.
New documents and details about Osama bin Laden's last days are being revealed, showing that he was worried about al-Qaeda's image, the Washington Post reports.
On the Minnesota Campaign Trail
Republicans Alan Quist and Mike Parry, who both hope to run against DFL Rep. Tim Walz, say they're taking their campaigns to the primary.
On the Presidential Campaign Trail
Mitt Romney responds to questions from the Obama campaign over whether he would have ordered Osama bin Laden killed. Romney would have, he said.
Bo Obama is helping his dad with his campaign.