Minnesota Legislature

by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter A variety of resident and nonresident hunting and fishing license fee increases highlight the game and fish conference committee report agreed to by Senate and House conferees late Thursday, April 26. The report does not include the proposed early start to the regular fishing season — an idea proposed [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Some 760 pounds of persuasion visited the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 25, to make a sales pitch for a new Vikings’ stadium. Accompanied by Vikings’ officials, Vikings’ star running back Adrian Peterson, linebacker Chad Greenway, and center John Sullivan spent about an hour at the State Capitol, visiting [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Enter racino. The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, April 25, passed a Vikings’ stadium bill, but not before lawmakers amended it to include racino in the bill’s arsenal of gambling revenue generators. Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, saw his racino amendment affixed to the bill during the sometimes raucous committee [...]

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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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