STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Bill holds tuition increases down
Minnesota representatives told state-run colleges and universities to hold tuition increases to a minimum the next two years.
A bill House members passed 86-46 Wednesday keeps Minnesota State Colleges... Posted on 4/22/09 at 11:52 AM
Former House Majority Leader Willis Eken died of Alzheimer’s disease May 8, but his funeral won’t be held until Tuesday. That is just what Eken would have wanted. He would not have wanted to interfere with the legislative session, said his son, Kent Eken, from the back of the Minnesota House chamber a couple of days after his father died.
Rep. Steve Simon of St. Louis Park is proposing a constitutional amendment that would create retention elections instead of competitive contests. Instead of judges facing opponents, citizens would vote up or down on whether incumbent judges get to keep their post.
A bill headed to the governor reinstates medical coverage for 70,000 Minnesotans making less than $8,000 per year. The House voted 121-12 and the Senate 50-12 on Wednesday to restore the program, but lawmakers scaled back General Assistance Medical Care, which had been slated to disappear April 1.
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