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 -- The Senate unanimously approved moving the Minnesota primary election to August, a month earlier than under current law, to comply with federal requirements to give soldiers and other overseas Americans more time to vote. The Monday vote followed an overwhelming recent House vote, sending the bill to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's desk.
ST. PAUL -- In some people's minds, there is a disconnect between legislators negotiating with the governor while at the same time on the same bill overriding his veto. And a maneuver never used before, holding back an already passed bill so the governor does not veto it, could be seen as confrontational. That is the way the 2010 Minnesota legislative session has gone; it's been a wild ride. The session begins its second month on Thursday, two days after lawmakers and Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Further state budget cuts will mean longer waits for cases to go through Minnesota's court system, judicial leaders say, and small counties will be hardest hit. For years, courts in the least populated counties have received more state funding per capita than larger counties. But on Thursday State Court Administrator Sue Dosal told the Senate Judiciary Budget Division that is ending. She said the courts no longer can afford to give extra money to small counties. That could mean some counties' court offices would be open only when a judge is there.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators voted 45-21 Thursday to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of a health care program for the poor, even though legislative health leaders are trying to negotiate an agreement with the governor. "I wish the governor had not been so indecisive engaging in this discussion," said Sen. Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis. The vote sends the bill back to the House, where Republicans vow to uphold the veto. That vote may come Monday. In the meantime, negotiations on General Assistance Medical Care continue with the governor's office.
ST. PAUL -- Lack of money may persuade Minnesota legislators to back the long proposed, often failed racino concept this year, supporters of the concept say. "We think there are some legs to this legislation," Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar, said Tuesday in announcing a bill to allow electronic slot machines at the state's two horse-racing tracks. Juhnke and Sen.
ST. PAUL - Lack of money may convince Minnesota legislators to back the long-proposed, often-failed racino concept this year, supporters of the concept say. "We think there are some legs to this legislation," Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar, said Tuesday in announcing a bill to allow electronic slot machines at the state's two horse-racing tracks. Juhnke and Sen.
ST. PAUL -- A bill borrowing almost $1 billion is headed for hostile territory, Gov. Tim Pawlenty's desk. The House voted 85-46 for the bill Monday night, and the Senate followed 47-19, but just before lawmakers began debate on the compromise public works funding bill Monday night, Gov.
ST. PAUL - A public works bill appears headed to legislative passage that spends far more than Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants and leaves out some key provisions, including an $89 million sex offender treatment center expansion. The nearly $1 billion bill, funded by the state selling bonds, is not acceptable to Pawlenty, his spokesman said today.