At The Capitol

Amount would rise to $9.50 an hour by 2016 by Sonja Hegman Session Daily After nearly three hours of debate — and several accusations that the minimum wage package was done as a “back room deal” between House and Senate leadership in exchange for a new legislative office building — the House voted 71-60 to [...]

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A longtime Farmington resident was endorsed by House District 58B DFLers at their convention Saturday, March 8, at Farmington High School. Marla Vagts will face five-term incumbent Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, in the fall 2014 election. Vagts, a contract supervisor for North American Communications Resource Inc., became involved in politics as a volunteer with President [...]

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Candidates were endorsed by party members The race in House District 57B is set. Rep. Anna Wills, R-Apple Valley, was endorsed by acclamation Saturday at the District 57 GOP Convention, while registered nurse Denise Packard, of Rosemount, earned unanimous endorsement from DFLers. Wills, a legislative assistant in the 2012 session for state Sen. Michelle Benson, [...]

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by Tim Budig Session Daily A high-profile school lunch bill that would help ensure no student returns to class hungry was passed 130-0 by the House on Thursday, March 13. Sponsored by Rep. Yvonne Selcer, DFL-Minnetonka, House File 2480 would increase the state lunch reimbursement rate for reduced-price school lunches, covering entire the cost for [...]

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by Lee Ann Schutz Session Daily A child is born in Minnesota is screened for 50 rare and serious medical conditions. But court rulings have called into question how the state retains the blood samples — that it violates the Genetic Privacy Law. The Legislature has been grappling with how to keep the program viable [...]

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