Christopher Magan / St. Paul Pioneer Press
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn.—Political junkies have their eyes on the first battles of what's shaping up to be in the electoral war of 2018. Voters will decide two special elections Monday for seats in the Minnesota Legislature after the unexpected resignations of lawmakers late last year amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide if a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's teachers union protections should move forward. The Supreme Court announced Tuesday it had agreed to hear the case brought by Tiffini Flynn Forslund and three other Minnesota parents. Forslund's case, filed in April 2016, was dismissed by the Ramsey County District Court and that decision was upheld by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
ST. PAUL—Minnesotans who buy insurance on the individual market could start signing up for plans Wednesday as politicians continued to debate the role government should play in providing citizens health insurance. Open enrollment for MNsure, the state's Affordable Care Act marketplace, began Wednesday and runs through Jan. 14 for the roughly 4 percent of the state population that purchases individual or small group insurance plans.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota Legislature is moving ahead with what many agree is a long overdue overhaul of the way the state licenses educators. The House approved a bill Monday afternoon with a 76-55 vote that will transfer licensing powers away from the state Department of Education and Board of Teaching and consolidate it under a new Professional Educator Licensing Board. The legislation also creates a new four-tiered licensing system that lawmakers hope will be easier for prospective educators to understand.