• Former Minnesota DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen to run for governor

    The DFL field in the race to replace Gov. Mark Dayton continues to grow.By J. Patrick Coolican Star Tribune JUNE 14, 2017 — 11:18PMREAD FULL ARTICLERep.

  • Consumers Should Have the Right to Oppose Selling or Sharing of Web Browsing Data

    Rep.Paul Thissen successfully added a provision today to require internet service providers (ISPs) who use equipment subject to a franchise agreement, right of way agreement or other contract with the State of Minnesota or local unit of government to obtain a consumer's explicit consent before selling or sharing Web browsing data and other private information with advertisers and other companies. In the last week, the United States Congress voted to eliminate broadband privacy rules that would h...

  • Why I'm Opening My Official Emails Up for Public Review

    by Rachel Stassen-Berger, Pioneer PressUnlike the law on Minnesota local and state government officials, state law does not require legislators to release their email messages or correspondence to the public.But one lawmaker, at the Pioneer Press’ request, will be releasing his email messages to the newspaper.“If I’m going be out pushing this, I might as well put my money where my mouth is, and I also think it’s going to be an interesting learning experience for the ...

  • Rep. Thissen Seeks Report on Impact of Fossil Fuel Investments on State Retirement Funds

    Rep. Paul Thissen is pushing the State of MN to study the stability and security of investments in companies that are involved in the exploration, production, development, transportation or sale of fossil fuels. "Climate change risks affect all industries. We should take a look at the impact these unstable investments could have on our state funds including pension funds.

  • Rep. Thissen Introduces MN Research and Development Authority

    Rep. Paul Thissen introduced legislation today (HF2134) to create a Minnesota Research and Development Authority and fund it with a $500 million investment by the State of Minnesota."There is no reason Minnesota should not be a center of innovation and investment on par with the very best in the world. But to get there we need a big vision that put the state on the map and a robust private-public partnership to put exciting ideas into the marketplace," said Rep.

  • Pioneer Press Praises Rep. Thissen's Legislative Sunlight Bill

    Sure, a new open-data, open-meeting bill makes a political point. But it’s a good one.Minnesotans deserve a reminder that the Legislature exempted itself from provisions of the state’s Data Practices Act and Open Meeting Law.The Legislature “makes every local government and the executive branch follow these rules,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Paul Thissen, a Democrat from Minneapolis, told us, “but the Legislature exempts itself.

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