Time Off For Passover, Easter

Capitol Chatter is taking a vacation, just like Minnesota legislators. The blog will return April 6.

Early End? Ewe Betcha

Sen. Steve Dille, R-Dassel, said he usually prepares his 200 ewes for lambing starting in mid-to-late May since the Legislative session usually runs to the constitutional deadline, which this year is May 17. He wishes he would have prepared earlier this year. "It’s rare to have this much done at this point in the session."…
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Jobs Bill Heads To Governor

Sens. Kathy Saltzman, Kathy Sheran Up to 12,000 people could find new jobs in small businesses, rejuvenating historic buildings and other Minnesota business segments, supporters of a Legislature-passed jobs bill claim. "People are waiting for this to happen," House Tax Chairwoman Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington, said during Monday debate. Lenczewski said the bill could send 5,000…
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Salvia Divinorum Ban Passes

The Senate passed a measure banning the sale or possession of salvia divinorum. Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, had argued last week for the measure on the grounds that Minnesota law enforcement has seen an increase in the Mexican herb’s presence since it was banned by border states. The bill would make selling salvia a gross…
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Sioux Road Swap Approved

Sens. Gary Kubly, Tom Saxhaug The Minnesota Department of Transportation would be able to swap land parcels with American Indian tribes under a measure that passed the Senate Monday. Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, authored the bill so MnDOT could swap a roadway leading to the Upper Sioux Community near Granite Falls for an adjacent…
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