THE WEST WING Weekly Memo 5-10-13
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There was relatively little final action on key legislation... Posted on 5/10/13 at 11:53 AM
State lawmakers expressed concern Wednesday with the Minnesota Lottery's gradual push into Internet and other electronic ticket sales, saying they were worried about how far the virtual gambling could go.
State officials assured legislative leaders on Thursday that Minnesota's economy is on the upswing judging by promising jobs figures and tax collections, which will help buy off debt owed to schools and could enable the state to win a credit-rating upgrade.
A legislative committee that will oversee the development of Minnesota's new health insurance exchange holds its first meeting Monday. Minnesota is one of 17 states setting up its own exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Outdoors issues generally took a backseat during the 2013 session of the Minnesota Legislature after lawmakers last year approved an increase in hunting and fishing license fees to replenish a Game and Fish Fund that was headed for the red.
One blatant failure at the conclusion of the Minnesota legislative session is the fact that a comprehensive anti-bullying bill did not pass; and so begins another year of no protection for those students being verbally, physically and electronically bullied.
Ron Schara, Bud Grant and other Minnesota conservation advocates deserve a pat on the back for their efforts in persuading Gov. Mark Dayton to veto two line-items in the Legacy Fund bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature.
Right now, in Minnesota, anyone over the age of 24 who alleges they were abused when they were a child has no standing to file a civil lawsuit. But the bill lifts that statute of limitations entirely for civil claims against the abusers.
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