It may make victims more willing to press charges, but there are still plenty of questions of interpretation that will get debated in courts.
Republicans have been hesitant to consider new changes to policing standards after enacting a set of reforms following the death of George Floyd. But GOP lawmakers have also come under increasing pressure to consider additional DFL-backed measures in the wake of Daunte Wright’s killing.
In the wake of Daunte Wright’s killing by a Brooklyn Center police officer, DFLers are pushing legislation on everything from body cameras to civilian review boards — measures some Republicans have called “anti-law-enforcement.”
The march of the omnibus budget bills shows how far apart the GOP-controlled Senate and the DFL-controlled House really are.
The ZIP codes eligible for the mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the state fairgrounds include many neighborhoods where lower-income people make up a large share of the population. But they also include parts of places long associated with affluence.
Aimed at addressing “community intimidation,” the legislation would broaden the law to cover crimes based on a victim’s ethnicity, gender identity and gender expression.
House Speaker Melissa Hortman has said she open to winding down many of Walz’s powers, though Republicans remain skeptical.
The ranking Republican on the House Taxes Committee, Rep. Greg Davids, said the plan would be ‘dead on arrival’ in the state Senate.
The case highlights the “intoxication loophole” in Minnesota law, where someone who commits sexual assault is subject to lesser charges if their victim became intoxicated by their own choice.
Lawmakers have seemingly put mutual aid funding on the back burner, potentially indefinitely.
On the eve of opening arguments in the trial of the police officer charged with killing George Floyd, Walz asked Minnesotans to “make your voices heard,” while heeding Martin Luther King’s advice: “that nonviolence is the only way to truly move hearts and create change.”
How many more people just became eligible. Why now. And how you can get an appointment for a shot.
According to numbers released Thursday, about 22 percent of the state’s licenses are considered “REAL ID ready.”
The ACLU and the Freedom Fund oppose the proposal, saying it could put domestic violence victims in danger and distract from broader efforts to change the cash bail system in Minnesota.
When it comes to the chance of virus spread, not all outdoor gatherings are equal.
Under a provision in state law, the governor will get to decide how to spend the state’s federal stimulus funds — unless the House and Senate can agree to spend some of the money in a budget emerging from the 2021 session, and provided Walz agrees to sign such a budget.
Due to the way the Legislature writes budgets, the bill itself is unlikely to reach a vote on the House floor, but various sections could end up in some of the budget committee bills that surface this session.
The revised proposal would spend $52.269 billion — $2.18 billion a month over two years. The current budget is $48.3 billion.
Getting cash directly from the feds to spend on state construction projects is rare. So rare that many of the legislators and state officials who deal with the issue have little idea how they can use the money.
The increase in many Minnesotans’ home heating bills is because of cold weather elsewhere. When an arctic blast froze Texas in mid-February, natural gas supply seized up as demand skyrocketed, driving up prices.