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 -- Jacob Gould used to dream of being a professional wrestler, but now the 12-year-old with a new law named after him wants to devote his life to helping others wrestle with problems that almost cost him his life. "If I can help just one kid, it would be 100 percent worth it," the Clara City sixth-grader said. Gould said it was "awesome" to watch Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday sign into law a bill that requires both parents to be notified if a child is victim of neglect, physical abuse or sexual abuse outside of the home.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton today signed Jacob's Law, named after Jacob Gould and written to keep other youths from experiencing the same things he has. The new law requires law enforcement officials to notify both parents if a child is a victim of neglect, physical abuse or sexual abuse outside of the home.
ST. PAUL -- A second step in speeding up state-issued permits to businesses looking to expand or build in the state became law Monday. "This is a very rewarding moment," Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A Vikings stadium construction proposal took its biggest step forward ever Monday night when a House committee approved the nearly $1 billion plan. After a decade of discussion about whether to build a new stadium, the House commerce committee decided on a split voice vote to advance the plan. Since the bill missed a legislative deadline, the House Rules Committee now must give it special permission for more committee hearings if it is to remain alive. The panel also approved a funding plan in a separate bill.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton says he was blindsided with news that the chief Minnesota House negotiator had a new Vikings stadium plan. Besides not telling Dayton, the governor said this morning that Rep. Morrie Lanning's proposal may violate federal law. "The good news is House leadership has come forward with a proposal," Dayton said.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's Republican-controlled Senate approved business tax cuts Friday that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton all but promises to veto. The highlight of the GOP tax proposal senators passed 34-26 along party lines Friday night after two and a half hours of debate is a reduction in a statewide business property tax and its eventual elimination. The bill by Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, would reduce the taxes $102 million next year. To fund the tax cut, the bill reduces state budget reserves. "We should not have a honey pot," Ortman said.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans expect temperatures in the 70s, maybe reaching the 80s in places, when April debuts Sunday, but the continued warm weather worries anglers. The record-breaking 2012 warmth is hurting their sport and businesses that support it after a series of warmer-than-normal winters.
ST. PAUL -- A Senate committee vote this morning sets up complex three-way negotiations about funding public works projects. The Senate Capital Investment Committee overwhelmingly approved selling $496 million in bonds to fund public works projects such as fixing state facilities and helping communities pay for sewer systems. It is the third proposal and falls in the middle of the other two. A House bill would spend $280 million, and Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Conservative and liberal Minnesota legislators are combining efforts to stop a business practice they say invades job applicants' privacy. National reports in recent days have told of employers, both private and public, demanding passwords for social Internet sites potential employees use. The employers then have access to personal information of the job applicant. "We want to protect the privacy of those job seekers," Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, said about her bill. "It's a huge invasion of privacy," added Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Minneapolis officials say they have enough votes on their City Council to approve a new Vikings stadium, but the clock may run out before legislators can approve a new facility. It appears an increasing number of legislators want to go home for the year next week. If that happens, time could run out before a stadium bill has a chance to get through the process. "I don't know how we possibly can do it," Rep.