Minnesota Legislature

Local legislator carries Senate fireworks bill by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The Republican Senate on Tuesday, April 24, passed a fireworks bill allowing for more powerful fireworks as well aerial fireworks such as bottle rockets. The bill was an amended version passed yesterday by the Republican House. “We’re trying to solve the problems (with the [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The Senate Vikings’ stadium bill cleared another committee today (Tuesday, April 24), edging the stadium initiative closer to anticipated up-or-down votes on the Republican House and Senate floors. Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, saw her stadium legislation clear the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee on a voice vote. “There [...]

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Local lawmaker questions projected gambling revenue figures by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The Vikings’ stadium bill is moving to the House floor for the first time. The House Ways and Means Committee Monday, April 23, blew a breath of life into the stalled Vikings’ stadium initiative in the Republican House through two key votes. [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The Republican Senate Monday, April 23, passed its game and fish bill, one including proposed hunting and fishing license fee increases. But the fee increase provision was markedly changed on the Senate floor. Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, successfully amended the provision to slot fifty cents from the [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Outdoors men and women rallied in the State Capitol Rotunda Monday morning (April 23), calling on lawmakers to pass hunting and fishing license fee increases. One proponent, clutching dollars in upraised fists, begged lawmakers to take the money. The Republican Senate was expected to again take up the game and [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter A Senate committee today (April 20) passed the first Vikings’ stadium bill in the Senate this legislative session, Sen. Julie Rosen’s bill passing the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee on an 8 to 6 vote. “I think it helped to have the (National Football League) Commissioner here,” said Rosen [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter National Football League Commissioner (NFL) Roger Goodell left a meeting with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders this morning (April 20)  at the State Capitol talking about a productive meeting and dismissing the idea his presence served a threat. “No, there was not,” Goodell said of the NFL [...]

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There is a bill that if passed by the Minnesota Legislature would allow the public to use publicly owned or managed shooting ranges, some in local police stations. It originated in the city of Plymouth, where a firearms safety instructor wanted to use the police shooting range to teach firearms safety and was denied. The [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter It’s back. A group of bipartisan lawmakers and Ramsey County officials at a hastily called press conference Wednesday, April 18, made a late-session pitch for an Arden Hills Vikings stadium. The pitch came short days after the Minneapolis Vikings stadium proposal crashed in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee. [...]

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