Legislation is already being drafted for lawmakers to take up the issue in 2019, the passage of which would add Minnesota to a growing list of states that have legalized betting on professional and college sports.
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Why should utilities get free electricity from consumer solar installations every year?
Rep. Pat Garofalo’s bill banning public spending on high speed rail from Rochester to the Twin Cities does nothing to protect taxpayers and would be likely to do more harm than good.
After a flurry of agreement, DFLers still face thorny splits over medical pot, $600 million in tax relief and spending, and a near-billion-dollar bonding bill.
So far, and it’s early in the 2014 election cycle, the four Republican House members who supported same-sex marriage are facing no primary opponents.
“This is my ninth year in office, and this is the most positive feedback I’ve ever received,” he said.
The war veteran, who is stepping down as a state representative, gets a digital shout-out for 2014.
Rep. Garofalo sees the conversation on charter schools in the state evolving.
The proposal would require Internet retailers such as Amazon to charge a 7 percent sales tax on items sold in Minnesota.
“The worst thing that could happen is that people will think it’s new money,” said Scott Croonquist, executive director of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts.
Only a dissenter in the integration task force’s 10-2 bipartisan vote got a hearing at the Legislature.
The debate centered on a Republican proposal that would dedicate a portion of the revenue to fund arts programming for Minnesota’s schoolchildren.
Parents wanting to attend a hearing on school-levy voting saw it rescheduled twice and then taken off the agenda.
Less clear is the fate of other legislation that would let school districts consider other factors than seniority when making layoffs.