Everything listed under: 2014 session

  • Higher Education: Keeping Dreams Alive

    Last week, I toured an elementary school in St. Cloud. It was great to see kids concentrating on learning, and the classrooms were filled with energy and excitement.   Read More...

  • Speaker Thissen Receives Legislator of Distinction Award from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities

    On Thursday, August 21, Speaker Thissen was honored to be named a Legislator of Distinction by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. The award is given to legislators who have worked to support the specific needs of Greater Minnesota, particularly those advocated for by the CGMC.  Speaker Thissen has been a strong advocate for Greater Minnesota since being elected Speaker in 2013. During the 2014 session, he helped to promote a strong rural economic agenda and was crucial to expanding ...  Read More...

  • How Minnesota Passed a Massive Economic Security Law for Women

    Article by: Erin Matson, Editor at Large, RH Reality Check With state legislatures spending an enormous amount of time debating and often passing measures that restrict women’s rights, it stands out as remarkable when a governor uses his or her pen to sign a piece of legislation that does something good for women. But that is just what has happened in Minnesota, where the Women’s Economic Security Act (HF 2536) went into effect August 1. The law provides&n...  Read More...

  • Minnesota Is Once Again "A State that Works"

    Article by: Editorial Board, Star Tribune"For the most part, Minnesota is once again ‘The state that works.’Minnesota’s lawmaking season ended last week with a productive flurry. A bonding bill with statewide reach, property tax relief for homeowners and renters of modest means, an overdue pay raise for long-term care providers, longer workplace leaves for new parents, and a spur to better Internet service in Greater Minnesota are headliner accomplishments of the 2014 sess...  Read More...

  • Minnesota 'unsession' dumps 1,175 obsolete, silly laws

    Article by: Bill Salisbury, Pioneer Press It's no longer a crime in Minnesota to carry fruit in an illegally sized container. The state's telegraph regulations are gone. And it's now legal to drive a car in neutral -- if you can figure out how to do it.   Read More...

  • Women's Economic Security Act heads to Gov. Dayton for signature

    Article by: Abby Simons, Star Tribune The Minnesota Legislature on Wednesday adopted  a wide-ranging and groundbreaking measure aimed at closing the gender pay gap and providing safer workplaces for women, which now heads to Gov. Mark Dayton for signature into law. The Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), a cluster of nine bills centered on female workers, cleared the Minnesota Senate for the second time with a 43-24 vote. A similar version swept through the Senate late last...  Read More...

  • Minimum-wage bill heads to Dayton

    Article by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Star Tribune Passed by the House, the measure to increase the state’s pay floor to $9.50 an hour by 2016 will be signed Monday. An increase in the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour is nearly law, making Minnesota the latest state controlled by Democrats to offer the lowest wage workers a boost.   Read More...

  • DFL is pushing economic equality for women

    Article by: Baird Helgeson, Star Tribune House DFLers are making a final push for a measure designed to close the general pay gap and strengthen workplace protections for women in Minnesota. The measure expands family leave and provides accommodations for pregnant and nursing employees. It would expand access to affordable child care and take several steps to reduce the gender pay gap, such as better enforcement of equal pay laws for state contractors.   Read More...

  • Minnesota House passes anti-bullying bill

    Article by: Mike Cronin, Star Tribune  The Minnesota House passed a bill aimed at toughening the state's anti-bullying law by a vote of 69-63 early Wednesday. The bill - the Safe and Supportive Schools Act - defines bullying, in part, as behavior that causes physical harm or fear of physical harm and "constitutes intentional infliction of emotional distress." "This provides a strong set of tools to create a strong local anti-bullying policy and create safe educational climates in Minnesota,...  Read More...

  • DFL leaders make deal to hike the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour

    Article by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Star Tribune By the end of the week, the Minnesota Legislature will approve a measure to hike the state's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour, DFL leaders said on Monday. The deal on minimum wage will allow DFL lawmakers to start with April recess next week with another major agenda item ticked off.   Read More...