Paying For The 35W Probe

Lawmakers heard today from attorneys they hired to investigate MnDOT’s handling of safety issues related to the Interstate 35W bridge for years before its collapse. The update comes just weeks before the Gray Plant Mooty law firm is expected to release its final findings. A lawmaker leading a House-Senate panel exploring the bridge collapse said…
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Seat Belt Debate Back

Senators who want to strengthen the state’s seat belt law fought off an effort today to remove that provision from a transportation bill. Sen. David Tomassoni tried to strip the primary seat belt law provision from a large transportation policy package. The Chisholm Democrat long has opposed allowing law enforcement to stop a vehicle just…
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Bonding Override? No, Says DFLer

A top senator on transportation says Gov. Tim Pawlenty protected himself from getting overridden on his bonding bill line-item vetoes. Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, said Pawlenty vetoed rail and bus projects in Democrat-leaning areas, but approved funding for transit in areas represented by Republican lawmakers. "The governor ensured that he would be able to…
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Bills Vs. B-ball

The Minnesota House may have been debating election bills tonight, but some lawmakers had basketball on their mind. Representatives could be seen watching the national college basketball championship game on their laptop computer at their desk in the House chamber. In addition, TVs in the House retiring room were going to be tuned to the…
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St. Paul Upset

St. Paul legislators, the mayor and other leaders are furious that more than half of the money Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed out of the public works funding bill came from St. Paul projects. Or, as a Web news headline said, "Pawlenty to St. Paul: Drop Dead." "God, I’m so angry about that," Sen. Sandy Pappas…
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