Chatter: Opioids Still Topic Of Legislative Conversation

How to deal with opioid abuse is one of those issues that everyone agrees needs legislation, but they cannot agree on details. Many Democrats and at least some Republicans say drug companies that make and sell the powerful painkillers should pay for opioid abuse prevention and treatment. That does not fly well with many Republicans,…
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Minnesota Website Opens The State Checkbook

Minnesotans can check their state government’s spending habits online, and a new study says it is one of the best websites in the country. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund recently released a report card for state websites that allow residents to track government spending. It shows Minnesota tied for third place with…
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After Misconduct Allegations, Hamilton Loses Chairmanship

A state representative, who often fights for agriculture and people with disabilities, stands accused of inappropriate behavior. Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, was stripped of his committee chairmanship shortly after the incident became public on Thursday, April 26. St. Paul police are investigating, but a prosecutor said that so far there is not enough evidence…
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DFL Demands GOP Farm Group Change Name, Logo

Rural Republican Minnesota House members wanted to make the point that Democrats often ignore farmers. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party certainly did not ignore the group that is little more than a week old. A DFL lawyer sent a cease and desist letter to the Republican Farmer Labor Caucus, telling the RFL to change its name and…
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House Tax Bill Is ‘Ain’T My Fault’ Effort

Republicans who control the Minnesota House and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton do not agree on many aspects of tax policy, but they do agree tax laws need to change before lawmakers end their 2018 session in less than a month. House Tax Chairman Greg Davids, R-Preston, named his bill after the Brothers Osborne country song…
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