Court Says Minnesota Legislature Has Enough Money To Remain Open

Minnesota legislative leaders say they will limp along to the 2018 legislative session by taking money from a House-Senate commission. But, they said, they will need to immediately pass a legislative budget once they return to St. Paul Feb. 20. The comments came Thursday, Nov. 16, just after the Minnesota Supreme Court allowed to stand…
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Minnesota House Members Must Take Harassment Prevention Training Or Lose Committees

Minnesota House members who refuse to take sex harassment prevention training may have a whole lot of time on their hands. House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said on Thursday, Nov. 16, that while he cannot fire House members, he will remove their committee membership if they do not get take the training. Without committee work,…
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Chatter: 2012 Sex Scandal Came At A Different Time Than 2017 Allegations

The Minnesota Legislature has been relatively free of sex-related scandals, which is one reason why recent harassment allegations came as a bit of a surprise to some. The difference between a scandal five years ago and a couple in recent days shows how times have changed. After then-Rep. Kerry Gauthier of Duluth was caught in…
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Lawmakers Propose ‘I’M Victim, Not Thief’ Cards For ID Theft

Minnesota state Sen. Dave Senjem held up his well-used black wallet containing his identification and credit cards, and explained identify theft so anyone could understand. “Last week I lost this,” the Rochester Republican said on Tuesday, Oct. 24. “We all do it. I could only hope the dog ate it.” He found the wallet a…
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Speaker Changes, Allows Lawmakers To Get Pay Raise

Minnesota House members will get pay raises after all. House Speaker Kurt Daudt announced Friday night, July 21, that he will instruct House staffers to begin paying representatives $45,000 a year, matching what senators have been receiving. The decision came after two lawmakers sued him for not allowing the raises, which were ordered by an…
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