With three days of gun hearings over and no business scheduled, it'll be a quiet day at the Capitol. Work picks up again Monday with lawmakers talking health exchanges, insurance fraud and University of Minnesota spending.
Electronic pull-tabs miss monthly revenue projections (MPR News)
After a strong debut in some bars in September, the games aren't drawing the hoped-for crowds. Now, calls for change are starting at the Capitol. Pull-tab money is supposed to help pay the public share of a new Vikings stadium.
In a first, Minn. asks Winona County to assess sand risk (Star Tribune)
"In a critical test of Minnesota's approach to frac sand mining, two state agencies have called on Winona County to order an in-depth study of environmental and health risks associated with a cluster of proposed mines and processing sites."
Senate backs state employee contracts (MPR News)
Contracts give 35,000 state employees a 2 percent pay hike. Republicans tried but failed to require state employees to pay something for their health insurance coverage. GOP lawmakers say the contracts are too expensive.
Panel talks body armor, danger of gun violence for children (Star Tribune)
Some lawmakers want to "limit civilian ownership of bulletproof vests and other items of body armor to those obtaining permits. Opponents say the armor is used for defensive reasons only and should not be prohibited for civilian use."
Bill would more than double MN cigarette tax (WCCO)
"The proposed $1.60 increase is considerably more than the $.94 a pack tax hike proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton."
Senate confirms a batch of commissioners (MPR News)
Senate gives commissioners blessing to continue running departments, including Charles Zelle, Transportation; Lucinda Jesson, Human Services; Ed Ehlinger, Health; Myron Frans, Revenue; Brenda Cassellius, Education.
Businesses line up to fight Dayton's sales tax proposal (Star Tribune)
"Gov. Dayton's plan to tax business services, they say, would drive business away, raise prices and fail to generate as much as projected."
Lawmakers struggle with plan to end Saturday mail delivery (Washington Post)
State Patrol: Brodkorb over the legal limit
Tests show former Minnesota Senate staffer and Republican Party official Michael Brodkorb was over the legal blood alcohol limit when he crashed his SUV last month.
The Minnesota State Patrol said Brodkorb's alcohol concentration was 0.10 percent, which is over the legal limit for impairment of 0.08 percent.
An aide to former GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, Brodkorb was fired in 2011 after Koch was confronted about having an affair with him. He's suing the Minnesota Senate for wrongful termination.
Brodkorb declined comment on the state patrol statement. -- Tom Scheck(0 Comments)
Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen said today he is not ruling out a run for higher office in 2014.
Paulsen has been mentioned as a possible challenger to DFL Senator Al Franken. In the past month, he has told several people that he's not interested in running for Senate - only to have his aides quickly retract those statements.
After a news conference in St. Paul, Paulsen said everything is on the table, including a run for Senate or a run for governor.
"I think we're going to have a lot of candidates that come forward sometime down the road, but I don't think a lot of people are giving much thought at all right now," Paulsen said. "I'm solely focused on my work."
Paulsen also said he has had no conversations with the National Republican Senatorial Committee about challenging Franken.
So far no Republicans have said that they intend to challenge Franken or DFL Governor Mark Dayton.
Both Dayton and Franken say they intend to run for re-election.