Lawmakers Debate Red Lake Reservation Spending

Minnesota lawmakers do not agree on how much to spend on public works projects, but also do not agree on what projects should be funded. An example Monday was whether the state should fund a new social services building and school on the Red Lake American Indian Reservation. “What I see happening now is not…
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Nearly $1 Billion Separates Minnesota Legislators On Public Works Funding

House and Senate leaders are far apart about how much to spend on public works projects. Nearly $1 billion apart. Minnesota Democratic senators Monday unveiled a plan to borrow money for $1.5 billion for public works projects, things such as finishing the project of bringing water to southwestern Minnesota, fixing state buildings and constructing water…
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Senators Pass Body Cam Regulation Without House Backing

Video from law enforcement officer body cameras apparently will remain public at least into next year, but the issue still generates passionate disputes. “Body cameras have been proven to promote public safety,” Sen. Ron Latz, D-St. Louis Park, said Monday, before senators voted 47-14 to regulate body cam video. The Latz legislation would allow much…
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Senators Back ‘granny Pods’ For Sick Family Members

Minnesota senators overwhelmingly support allowing elderly or disabled people, especially those nearing death, to live in small homes on family property. “Some aging Minnesotans are put in a position that their housing needs are not adequately met,” Sen. John Hoffman, D-Champlin, said about his bill Monday. The legislation would make it legal, unless a local…
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Senators Against Revenge Porn

Minnesota senators voted 62-3 Monday to make revenge pornography a crime. House action is pending on similar legislation. “This finally provides some relief in law … for someone who has had private sexual images disseminated without their approval,” Sen. Barb Goodwin, D-Columbia Heights, said. Revenge porn is the name given to the situation in which…
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