ST. PAUL -- A class of new lawmakers took their oaths of office Tuesday, Jan. 8, establishing a new order in the statehouse and setting the stage for conflict over top issues. It was the first day of the legislative session and leaders of the country's only split Legislature said they were eager to rack up early bipartisan wins but signaled that big disagreements were on the horizon.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers are set to travel to the Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 8, for the kickoff to the 2019 legislative session. They'll welcome dozens of new legislators to their ranks and see Democrats take control of the House of Representatives while Republicans hold a two-seat advantage in the Senate. The new composition sets up the only split statehouse in the country. And it raises a number of questions about how things are going to work over the five-month legislative session. So here are some things to watch:
ST. PAUL -- Tim Walz was sworn in as Minnesota's 41st governor Monday, Jan. 7, succeeding outgoing Gov. Mark Dayton. In his inaugural speech, the former history teacher called on the comments of former governors and emphasized his desire to make Minnesota the 'education state,' to improve access to health care and to ensure all communities thrive. And he said achieving those goals only be done if elected officials drop partisan labels and work together.
ST. PAUL -- P olice officers, firefighters and other active duty law enforcement and medical officials diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder will be presumed to have developed the condition in the line of duty under a Minnesota law set to take effect next week.
ST. PAUL -- A Twin Cities coalition aiming to boost state investments in public transit said it will push for full funding of $120 million in improvements in Greater Minnesota. Spokespeople for the new initiative called Keep Minnesota Moving laid out their top priorities at the Capitol Tuesday, Dec. 11, including fully funding Metro Transit operations, supporting top Metro Transit projects and improving arterial Bus Rapid Transit services.
ST. PAUL — Four Minnesota lawmakers announced plans to part ways with the House Republican Caucus this week, citing a desire to seek refuge from a politically polarizing environment. Republican state Reps. Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa , Tim Miller of Prinsburg , Cal Bahr of East Bethel and Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal said they'd start their own cohort, called the New House Republican Caucus, in an effort to work more directly for their constituents.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton plans to return to Minnesota’s capital city a month after complications of a back surgery caused damage to his lungs and required additional treatment in Rochester. Dayton underwent a pair of surgeries to fuse vertebrae in his lower back in mid-October. And in the weeks since, the DFL governor has remained at the Mayo Clinic for further observation and treatment.
ST. PAUL --The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party on Tuesday flipped control of the state House of Representatives while Republicans held a one-vote lead in the Senate, setting up the country’s only split Legislature. The Democrats’ addition of 18 state House seats previously held by Republicans created a new division in the Capitol, where the GOP has held both chambers for two years and has frequently butted heads with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.