Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL -- Showing photo identification before voting may be inconvenient, but the senator sponsoring a proposal to require voter photo ID says it is worth it. "I will willingly admit that there is some burden placed on some of our citizens in exercising their right to vote," Sen. Scott Newman said Friday before Minnesota senators voted 36-30 mostly along party lines to require photo IDs. "On balance, I believe this (constitutional) amendment is the right thing to do." The bill will go to Minnesota voters in the Nov.
ST. PAUL -- The question of whether to require voters to produce photo identifications is in the hands of Minnesota senators. The Senate rules committee Wednesday advanced to the full Senate a bill similar to one the House passed earlier in the day. The Senate is to begin debate on the measure Friday afternoon. If the Republican-controlled Senate agrees with the House, which approved the measure 72-62, Minnesota voters will decide on Nov. 6 whether to amend the state Constitution to include the photo ID requirement.
Update 8:30 a.m.:
Public works funding proposals - Total to be repaid by general taxes. Dayton, $756 million; House, $280 million. - University of Minnesota general repairs. Dayton, $20 million; House, $35 million. - Itasca biological station, University of Minnesota. Both, $4 million. - New University of Minnesota power and heat plant. Dayton, $54 million; House, zero. - Minnesota State Colleges and Universities general repair. Both, $20 million. - Bemidji State University business building predesign.
Late Tuesday update
ST. PAUL -- A couple of Democrats say the interim leader of the Minnesota Senate lied to reporters about a sex scandal in December and one of them filed an ethics complaint Monday. "There should be a public apology on the floor of the Senate," Sen. Sandy Pappas of St. Paul said about Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Wadena is losing residents and businesses, city leaders told a Minnesota Senate committee Monday in seeking state aid to rebuild facilities lost in a 2010 tornado. "We have been planning for 21 months," Mayor Wayne Wolden told members of the Senate committee that recommends public works project funding.
ST. PAUL -- The past week was full of big news under the Minnesota Capitol dome, everything from hundreds of workers protesting a proposal that would make joining unions optional to a sex scandal to the sudden stalling of a stadium construction bill. But the most entertaining episode probably was an unannounced appearance by a Minnesota football legend, former Vikings coach Bud Grant, urging lawmakers to raise hunting and fishing license fees to fund programs related to those activities.
ST. PAUL -- A new way to turn corn into fuel prompted a Thursday debate about giving ethanol a continued priority in state law. Representatives of the Luverne, Minn., Agri-Energy plant owned by Colorado-based Gevo said current law forbids their new isobutanol product from being mixed with gasoline like ethanol now is.
ST. PAUL -- A first-term Minnesota legislator who made a bigger splash than most says he is not running again. Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, sent a letter to fellow lawmakers and staff this morning saying he wants to spent more time with his family because "giving my wife and sons the time they deserve has become increasingly difficult." Kriesel entered the House last year already well known to many in the Twin Cities.