Monday, March 18, 2013
An Eagan legislator has backed a proposal that would allow municipalities to post public notices online, rather than paying to have them placed in local newspapers.
Like looking through the foreclosure notices, public meeting announcements and meeting minutes in your local newspaper? Those days may soon be at an end, if a bill co-sponsored by District 51B Rep. Laurie Halverson (DFL) is signed into law. The bill, HF 1286, would allow municipalities, like your local city or county government, to publish public notices on their own websites, in place of or in addition to a community's "newspaper of record." A municipality that chooses this method would still have to make print copies of its notices available for review, and publish a notice once annually in a local newspaper alerting residents to the website address. In other political news around the county: The Mill Towns state trail may get an …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Check out the campaign finance reports for local candidates.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us Election season has come to a close. Want to see which of Burnsville's candidates won the fundraising race? Check out the most recent finance reports recorded by the state's Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Some candidates have raised tens of thousands of dollars during the election cycle. Here's a look at the pre-election totals through Oct. 22 for candidates for Senate District 51, House Districts 51A, Senate District 56, House District 56A and 56B. To view the full campaign finance reports, click on the candidate's name. Special notes: *—Denotes incumbent candidate $2,420
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and the GOP are locking horns over an edit of the Minnesota Marriage Amendment ballot: "I don't know why they are messing with it, but we have to try to stop them," said Burnsville Sen. Dan Hall.
A new front has opened up in the Culture War over gay marriage: Republicans are up in arms after Secretary of State Mark Ritchie altered the ballot question concerning the Minnesota Marriage amendment. The ballot question, which was written by Amendment supporters, was originally titled as, "Recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman." On Thursday, Ritchie told the press he was changing the title of the ballot question to read: "Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples." Last year, Gov. Mark Dayton put in a symbolic veto to the Amendment. Though his veto could not keep the question off the ballot, it did invalidate the title crafted by the Legislature. In this case, the Secretary of State is obligated to …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Sen. Dan Hall is offering "office hours" this summer to interested constituents.
Sen. Dan Hall (R-Burnsville) will be conducting in-district office hours over the summer in an effort to meet more of his base face-to-face. The next will take place on Monday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Jo Jo's Rise & Wine. Anyone who wishes to join Sen. Hall for a cup of joe should call 651-296-5975 to make an appointment.
Monday, May 7, 2012
As legislators hash out the Vikings Stadium bill, Sen. Dan Hall tweets: "I can see today will bring out the best to the Capitol."
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
A look at legislation from last session that remains unsettled.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
When the Minnesota Legislature reconvenes on Jan. 24, lawmakers will have some unfinished business to attend to: A handful of bills from 2011 that are still in limbo — many of which deal with controversial topics such as gun control, sex offender treatment and development of nuclear power. In some instances, the legislation passed the senate, the house, or both but got cut to the quick by the clock. HF749/SF1339: The Family Reunification Bill This bill would give parents who have lost rights to their children a means to petition the state for a reversal. About 1,200 Minnesotan children are in foster care because the state deemed their parents unfit and terminated their parental rights. In some cases, these parents are serving a criminal …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Local legislators reacted with some skepticism after an independent committee called by Arne Carlson and Walter Mondale offered up a "third way" to solve the budget crisis that has brought the state to a standstill.
A bold budget proposal was released on Thursday: $2.2 billion in permanent cuts, $1.4 billion in accounting shifts and $1.4 billion in new revenue — including a temporary, across-the-board 4 percent tax increase on personal incomes. Those are the proposed recommendations from the independent panel of Republicans, Democrats and policy experts who came together to solve Minnesota’s budget impasse. The bipartisan committee tasked with creating a so-called third alternative issued its recommendations Thursday afternoon to Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers. In a two-page document, the committee outlines a framework for closing the $5 billion deficit by balancing 70 percent of it through spending cuts and the remaining 30 percent by …