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On May 14, a bill was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives to prohibit political candidates from accepting certain digital currency like bitcoin unless backed by an official legal currency. House File 2884 would prohibit an individual, political committee, […]

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We know there’s a story that’s going to be dominating the headlines for awhile, but here are a few stories on new campaign finance laws, ethics commissions and revolving door restrictions you don’t want to miss!  

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The Minnesota Legislature recently introduced several ethics-related bills during the 91st legislative session. Senate File 2041 requires public officials to disclose a lobbyist, principal, or other interested person by whom the individual is compensated in excess of $50 in any […]

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Minnesota will hold a special election for Senate District 11 on February 5. Sen. Tony Lourey resigned after being appointed to Gov.-elect Tim Walz’s cabinet. If necessary, a primary will be held on January 22.

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The Minnesota Legislature adjourned sine die on May 20, 2018. The Legislature passed bills relating to misrepresenting service animals, prohibiting local governments from disarming police officers, and funding for the state’s vehicle license and registration system. Tensions between the Republican-controlled […]

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Gov. Mark Dayton signed 14 bills into law on May 8. Of particular interest, Dayton approved Senate File 3306, a bill clarifying campaign finance definitions and making several miscellaneous campaign finance modifications. The bill will be effective June 1, 2018.

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U.S. Sen. Al Franken announced he would step down amid sexual harassment allegations on December 7, 2018. Franken’s resignation allows Gov. Mark Dayton to make a temporary appointment to fill the vacancy until the special election is held. Dayton has […]

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Gov. Mark Dayton has called special elections for House District 23B and Senate District 54. The special elections will be held on February 12, 2018. State Rep. Tony Cornish and state Sen. Dan Schoen both resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. […]

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The Minnesota Supreme Court overturned a district court ruling Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item vetoes unconstitutional. In May, Dayton line-item vetoed funding for the House and Senate. In response, the Legislature sued arguing Dayton violated the separation of powers clause of […]

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The first special session of 2017, adjourned sine die around 3:00 a.m., on May 26, 2017. Lawmakers passed a public works package and other pieces of the budget. Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign all of the legislation passed […]

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The 2017 Minnesota regular legislative session adjourned late on Monday, May 22, 2017. The legislators failed to pass a $46 billion spending package. As a result, the Legislature immediately entered into a special session at 12:01 a.m., on May 23, […]

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December 7, 2016  •  

Wednesday News Roundup

Lobbying California: “EBay Faces Fines from State Ethics Watchdog after Failing to Disclose Sacramento Lobbying on Time” by Patrick McGreevy for Los Angeles Times Campaign Finance Maine: “Proposal Would Require PACs to Disclose Major Donors” by Steve Mistler for Maine […]

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After months of taunting the public, a special session may happen in late December. Recently, four Minnesota legislative caucus leaders met with Gov. Mark Dayton and tentatively agreed to a special session. The primary purpose of the session will address […]

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A special election for House District 32B will be held on Feb. 14, 2017. The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Republican Robert Barrett was ineligible to run for the office because he did not reside in District 32B for six months […]

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