A Minnesota lawmaker's speech against
banning same-sex marriage in the state constitution has become an online
Supporters of a plan to build a state-run casino in downtown Minneapolis say it will create thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenues.
The bill would prohibit public dollars from paying for abortions for low-income women on state-funded health care programs.
A Minnesota Senate committee approved a measure Friday that would allow Minnesota voters to decide whether to ban same-sex marriage in the Minnesota Constitution. After three hours of testimony and debate, the measure passed on a party-line vote.
The proposed constitutional amendment would define marriage as between one man and one woman. After winning majorities in the House and Senate last November, Republicans can put a constitutional amendment on the ballot without the governor's signature.
Bar and restaurant owners are trying to convince state lawmakers to give them more charitable gambling options, while Minnesota's Indian tribes want to stop the expansion of gambling to protect their own casinos.
Senior citizens and advocates for nursing homes and other senior services told the governor that they were concerned that the budget cuts proposed by Republicans in the House and Senate would cause real harm.
One measure would prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions, and the other would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Thousands of Minnesota students are probably going to be paying more for school lunch next year. School districts are considering raising prices, in part because of a new federal law that essentially requires them to do so.
The Minnesota Senate passed a sweeping health and human services bill on Wednesday, including historic changes to health care for the state's poor and disabled.
Republican lawmakers in the Minnesota House included new restrictions on welfare cards in a Health and Human Services omnibus bill released Monday.
Two Republican lawmakers proposed legislation Monday to allow video slot machines at Minnesota's two horse racing tracks.
A Republican state senator is backing off an effort to repeal early expansion of Medicaid in Minnesota.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday he doesn't intend to rely on any gambling revenue to help balance the state's budget.
"I hate what I'm having to do," the governor said at a Minneapolis event Monday organized by the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness.