No. Gov. Tim Walz did not sign into law a bill imposing consequences for vehicles parking in bike lanes. The Minnesota legislative session adjourned on May 22, 2023, and will not reconvene until February 12, 2024.
Yes. A new law signed by Gov. Tim Walz in March allows Minnesota residents, regardless of their immigration status, to get a driver’s license starting Oct. 1, 2023.
Another section of state law not amended by the new recreational marijuana law contains a default penalty — a petty misdemeanor — for any acts that are made illegal but lack specific penalties.
The Duluth City Council is scheduled to hear a proposal to ban marijuana smoking or vaping in city parks and along the Duluth Lakewalk. Detroit Lakes, Alexandria, Lakeville and West St. Paul are also considering limits.
Plans are afoot to revamp and reinforce parts of the trail’s Bean and Bear section and two other popular loop hikes. Minnesota lawmakers this year approved $565,000 for the work, which comes as the trail’s association works to better understand ‘hot spots’ on the 300+ mile route.
A short passage in the 2023 Minnesota Legislature’s transportation budget offers some hope that things could finally change at what is called the Short Line bridge.
League of Women Voters events worked with state department of corrections and federal probation services to reach those still “on paper.”
Cars? No. Sidewalks? Mostly, for now. Apartment units? Possibly, at least initially. “Struggling to read this law could drive someone to smoke some pot,” said one observer of the new marijuana law, which makes Minnesota one of only four states to allow public smoking.
When calculating who has access to proper broadband, the federal government counts much slower internet speeds compared to Minnesota’s definition. As a result, the cash may be enough to hit federal goals for universal broadband, but not state ones.
A few sentences contained in the 380-page tax bill passed by the Legislature would mean higher tax bills for 76% of Minnesota taxpayers.
The moratorium has led to complicated questions about burials and cemeteries. It has also raised eyebrows among Jewish and Muslim leaders because burials in their faiths could be impacted by the law.
While state lawmakers did not adopt a total ban, the father of Amir Locke says, “Everything has to start somewhere.”
Little is known about the condition of an underground cutoff wall the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed in 1876 that is keeping St. Anthony Falls in place.
Legislative Auditor Judy Randall’s comments came amid a series of special audits directed by the Legislature to dig into the Southwest Light Rail Transit project.
AFSCME Council 5 and MAPE reached an agreement Friday with the state that will bring a $20 minimum wage and cost of living raises of 5.5% and 4.5% over the next two years. Legislative contract approval had become a partisan bargaining chip, backers said.
The topic had been off-limits since 2002, when lawmakers from some communities along the route objected.
No. During the 2023 Women’s World Cup, Minnesota bars cannot sell alcohol 24 hours a day but are allowed to do so “30 minutes before, during, and 30 minutes after a scheduled broadcast of a live World Cup match.”
It all goes back to a day back in 1903 when farmer Peter Jensen got in trouble for selling melons without a license.
Yes. Minnesota’s Legislature in 2023 established the Nursing Home Workforce Standards Board with responsibility over wages, benefits and working conditions specifically for nursing home workers.
Greater Minnesota lawmakers had substantially less influence at the Legislature than perhaps ever before — during a year when the state had a record $17.5 billion surplus. It’s a result of political realignment along geographic lines that accelerated in the Trump era.