Lawmakers on Wednesday night took their first steps in restoring funding to the legislative branch after the state Supreme Court sided with Gov. Mark Dayton and his use of a line-item veto that wiped away the House and Senate’s operating budgets.
The House Select Committee on Technology and Responsive Government heard more complaints on MNLARS, the state’s new system for handling critical tasks like license tabs and vehicle registration that has caused major headaches since its rollout in July.
Like all areas of society, as technology continues to change so to must the way public safety personnel operate. To that end, the Legislative Commission on Data Practices received updates Tuesday on law enforcement uses of automated license plate readers and body cameras.
A legislative data practices panel heard a trio of bills on Tuesday that would alter state law on subjects like how long government entities must retain electronic correspondence, and clarify that certain video and audio recordings are public personnel data.
Contracts collectively bargained between Minnesota Management and Budget and two of the state’s largest employee unions failed to gain approval Thursday of the Legislative Coordinating Commission’s Subcommittee on Employee Relations.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
Lawyers for Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders met in a Ramsey County court Monday to argue the merits of a lawsuit over the governor’s May line-item veto of money meant fund the House and Senate for the next two years.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Additional dollars for the judiciary, tweaked language regarding the Appleton prison, and rulemaking related to driver’s licenses for undocumented residents are three of the high-profile items in the final version of the omnibus judiciary and public safety bill.
Conferees adopted a conference committee report for HF2080/SF943*, sponsored by Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls) and Senate President Michelle Fischbach (R-Paynesville). The bill now heads to the Senate where action is expected later in the day.