ST. PAUL — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota on Monday, Oct. 21, sued the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office, arguing the state's voting laws are unconstitutional as they deny tens of thousands of people on supervision or probation the right to vote. Four Minnesotans barred from voting due to previous felony offenses and current probation status filed the lawsuit with the ACLU in Ramsey County District Court on Monday. The four are among 52,000 Minnesotans who can't vote because of their supervision or probation status.
ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz, flanked by affordable insulin advocates, again made a plea to Senate Republicans on Thursday, Oct. 17, to come to the table to negotiate a compromise proposal to provide free insulin to Minnesotans who can't afford it. At a news conference, the governor urged lawmakers to come together to create a plan with bipartisan support that could pass through the divided Legislature during a special legislative session.
ST. PAUL — A state lawmaker said he wants to block predatory robocalls from getting through to Minnesotans' phones. Rep. Zack Stephenson, D-Coon Rapids, on Monday, Oct. 14, said he'd drafted legislation aimed at requiring phone companies to block robocalls at no price to customers and offer legal remedies for Minnesotans scammed as a result of robocalls. Minnesotans have received more than 387 million robocalls so far this year, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce. That breaks down to about 58 calls per person in 2019.
ST. PAUL — Tribal leaders have a direct line to the Minnesota governor and the lieutenant governor, a renewed commitment that the state government will work in consultation with them and now a first of its kind effort to have agency commissioners undergo training to better understand tribes.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Health experts, physicians and pharmacists on Wednesday, Oct. 2, weighed in on why prescription drug prices have ballooned in Minnesota and elsewhere and what the state could do to stave off the increases. The conversation was one of the first meetings of the Minnesota House of Representatives' mini session in the southeastern part of the state. Minnesota lawmakers met with experts at the University of Minnesota Rochester in an effort to draft policy changes based on professional insight.
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans should start taking steps to get new identification cards with REAL ID, state and federal public safety officials said on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The push to educate the state comes a little more than a year before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is set to enforce a new federal standard requiring adults to hold a REAL ID card or driver's license to board commercial airline flights.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Monday, Sept. 23 charged 10 people in connection with an alleged scheme to swindle more than $2 million from the state Department of Human Services and Medica through a Hill City assisted living facility. The 10 former owners, managers and employees of Chappy's Golden Shores face a combined 76 counts of manslaughter, assault, neglect, racketeering, theft, operating a comprehensive home-care facility without a license, concealing the proceeds of these crimes, perjury and obstructing the state’s criminal investigation.
ST. PAUL — State regulators next week are set to decide what steps they should take next in weighing the construction of a crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 1, will take up the environmental impact statement for the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement project and consider what additional hearings might be needed to revise the statement.
ST. PAUL — Tribal elders spoke aloud the names of loved ones murdered or missing and with tears and smiles, they made a commitment: to end the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women and girls. The Minnesota Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force on Thursday, Sept. 19, met for the first time, starting a 15-month timeline to write a report guiding law enforcement and the Legislature on the systemic causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday, Sept. 17, denied a request to weigh in on the adequacy of an environmental impact assessment of a proposed oil pipeline project in northern Minnesota, likely allowing the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project to move forward.