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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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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Deep Divisions Surface Over Medicaid Work Requirement

Shauna Reitmeier sat at a Minnesota Senate committee table telling lawmakers the bill they were considering would hurt mentally ill patients she serves. Sitting inches to her right Thursday, March 29, was Sen. Mark Johnson, author of the bill she pleaded that senators defeat. It would require some able-bodied people to work if they receive…
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MNLARS One Of Many Bills Lawmakers Tackle As Deadline Nears

Gov. Mark Dayton seldom says he would veto a bill, but if it reaches his desk he promises to veto House-passed legislation to get the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System running smoothly. The measure representatives passed late Monday afternoon would take money from other agencies to fix the Public Safety Department program. Dayton said on…
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