State Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover, announced today that he intends to resign from the Legislature in late October. This summer he said he wouldn’t seek another term. Read more →
Republican Jim Abeler served eight Minnesota House terms before losing a 2014 U.S. Senate bid. He’s pursuing the Minnesota Senate seat of Sen. Branden Petersen, who’s not seeking re-election. Read more →
Petersen’s decision not to run again ends the career of a lawmaker who wasn’t afraid to buck his own party on controversial issues, including same-sex marriage. Read more →
A joint House/Senate conference committee has reached agreement on restrictions on law enforcement’s ability to track cell phones. Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover, says the bill would require police and prosecutors to get approval from a judge before they can start tracking an individual’s cell phone. He said that’s a big change since current law does Read more →
The medical marijuana bill now moves to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where a hearing is scheduled Wednesday. There’s been no recent activity with the House version of the bill. Read more →
The Minnesota Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring police to obtain a warrant in order to track a person’s location by their cell phone or other electronic devices. The vote today was 56 -1. Under the bill, law enforcement must show probable cause of a crime. There’s also a requirement for notifying people when Read more →
Nearly a month after lawmakers finished the session, some are returning to St. Paul to look at whether providing subsidies to private companies makes economic sense for the state. And the immigration overhaul moves forward in the U.S. Senate. Read more →
Committees in both the state House and Senate will consider bills legalizing same-sex marriage tomorrow.