Minnesota Rushes To Slam Door On Dangerous Patients

About 450 sex offenders and mentally ill and dangerous Minnesotans could be released from state custody before they are fully treated, lawmakers and the Dayton administration say, so state leaders are rushing through legislation to keep them supervised. “It could be days or weeks” when offenders would be released, Acting Human Services Commissioner Chuck Johnson…
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Legislature: Wild Rice Standards Voted Out

Scientific and cultural discussions overlapped as the Minnesota House approved a bill to start over on water regulations protecting wild rice. Representatives voted 78-45 Monday, April 23, to dump a law in place since 1973, but never enforced, that regulates how much sulfate may be in water of wild rice beds. The bill stops the…
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Minnesota Legislature Close To Outlawing Fake Service Animals

People who misrepresent dogs or other animals as trained service animals soon may violate state law. Minnesota senators Thursday, April 19, unanimously approved legislation making such misrepresentation a crime. Some well-publicized instances of people wrongly claiming animals like parrots and kangaroos were service animals brought public attention to the issue. Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids,…
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Partisan Split Threatens Federal Farm Bill

The 2018 federal farm bill passed its first major hurdle with a decidedly partisan split over issues not directly agriculture connected. The U.S. House agriculture committee is known historically as a bipartisan panel, but on Wednesday, April 18, the divide was deep between Republicans who control Congress and Democrats who claim they had no say…
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GOP Fights Dayton Effort To Restrict Some Fertilizer Use

Legislative Republicans are fighting a Dayton administration proposal to restrict farmers’ use of nitrate fertilizers. The GOP-controlled Minnesota House voted 69-56 Monday, April 16, to require legislative approval before nitrate limits proposal by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton can be adopted. Dayton he wants the rule because “clean and safe drinking water is the right of…
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