Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL -- The Vikings stadium saga illustrates tricks legislators use to turn their dreams into state law. The stadium construction plan needed to go through many committees, each examining part of the plan. Tax committees, for instance, were charged with looking at how the proposal dealt with a plan to change how charitable gambling is taxed. Local government committees needed to look at how the plan affected local governments. Each committee posed a challenge, and one House committee actually defeated the plan.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's hunting and fishing license fees would increase and wolves could be hunted and trapped under a compromise that state House and Senate negotiators have worked out. However, the much-discussed provision to start the fishing season a week early this year did not make the cut. The House and Senate are to take up the compromise legislation before the Legislature's self-imposed Monday adjournment deadline. The provisions are in two bills negotiators worked out late Thursday. While Sen.
ST. PAUL -- The full Minnesota House will vote on whether to build a Vikings stadium. Tough questions continue even as the plan to build a stadium gained new life Monday night, a week after another committee rejected it. The Ways and Means Committee amended a stadium construction proposal onto another bill and then approved the full bill.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota political leaders and National Football League officials said an hour-long meeting this morning gives them more confidence a Vikings stadium can be built. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- State subsidies paid to Minnesota's home-based child care providers could not be used to pay union dues under a bill the Republican-controlled Legislature Monday sent to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Senators passed the bill 37-25, following a similar House action a few weeks ago. "Our bill simply protects money that was meant for our kids," Sen. Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo, said. The bill is in reaction to a Dayton executive order that would have allowed unions to organize owners of in-home day care centers that receive state subsidies.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota House committee voted 9-6 Monday night against a bill to build a Minnesota Vikings stadium. While a bill always can be resurrected, the vote makes it very difficult to approve a new stadium in the final days of the 2012 legislative session. Legislative leaders want the session to end by April 30, and now the bill has lost in a House panel and is stalled in a Senate committee. Moments before the vote, Bill author Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Time is running out to kick the Minnesota fishing opener up a week. Opinions about the issue are changing quickly, Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said today after his environment and natural resources committee heard testimony that produced no strong support for the earlier openers. "I was very open to this thing three weeks ago," he said about when Sen.
ST. PAUL -- The end of the 2012 Minnesota Legislature approaches amid strong partisan disagreements. House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, called a recent letter from Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Most issues in the Minnesota Legislature remain unresolved, with lawmakers facing the end of the 2012 session. So far, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has signed 41 bills, mostly making minor changes to state law, sent to him by the Republican-controlled Legislature. He vetoed 11 this year thus far, compared to 23 all of last year. By comparison, GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty's top veto year was 2008, when he rejected 32 of the Democratic Legislature's bills. There have been 2,998 bills introduced in the House during 2011 and this year with 1,237 new bills this year alone.
ST. PAUL -- Prosecutors are happy to now have the same rights of other Minnesotans to carry guns. "Whether they need it or not, it is their right," said Rice County Attorney Paul Baumaster, president of the Minnesota County Attorneys' Association. However, before Gov. Mark Dayton signed a new law earlier this week, state law banned county attorneys and other public workers from carrying guns. The new law, crafted by Rep. Tony Cornish of Good Thunder and Sen.