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Some Minnesota legislators entered 2010 with hopes of redesigning state and local government, with an eye on efficiency.
Nearly halfway through the year, they have some councils, boards and the like l... Posted on 6/13/10 at 8:29 PM
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is scheduled to present the keynote address at the fifth annual "Family Picnic for Senate District 56 Democrats" on Monday, June 22 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Tartan Park in Lake Elmo.
As we began the 2009 legislative session, we expected to face significant challenges. The worst recession in decades, near record unemployment and an unprecedented $6.4 billion budget shortfall made this session one of the most difficult in Minnesota history.
A Fargo-based mental health care group that had plans to open a 60-bed in-patient facility for adolescents in Woodbury that stalled last year at the state Legislature, received approval from the House and the Senate over the last week for a scaled-down proposal to allow construction of a smaller facility in the west metro.
When I came to the Legislature and ever since I’ve been here, I’ve pledged to work in a bi-partisan fashion to build consensus. That promise was tested recently when I made the difficult decision to vote against the House Omnibus Tax Bill.
“Common sense is seeing things as they are, and doing things as they should be done.” — Anonymous. The challenging economic climate is forcing lawmakers at every level to look for ways to squeeze out savings.
Rep. Marsha Swails and Rep. Carol McFarlane
, April 08, 2009
Minnesota is fortunate to have some of the best consumer protection laws in the nation. Whether it’s protection from identity theft to laws that ensure gift cards retain their value, our state has long been at the forefront of consumer safeguards.
Marsha Swails, Viewpoint Writer
, February 18, 2009
The Minnesota House Civil Justice Committee, chaired by Rep. Joe Mullery, will hold a hearing in Woodbury Feb. 9 to consider House File 211, a bill that would help homeowners recoup costs as a result of building claims.
State Senator Kathy Saltzman (DFL-Woodbury), State Representative Julie Bunn (DFL-Lake Elmo), and State Representative Marsha Swails (DFL-Woodbury), announced they will hold a joint legislative town meeting on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Woodbury City Hall.
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