Minnesota Legislature

Paul Battaglia / https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/Story/13943

We're getting down to the wire at the MN Legislature.  Minnesota is the only state in the union that has a divided government right now with a DFL governor, DFL majority House and a Republican majority Senate.  Before the legislative session began there was high hopes on "working across the aisle" and compromise. 

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Earlier this week we talked about the overabundance of plastic bags in the world.  Barb Veit and Pat Helmberger are experts when it comes to plastic bags - they've been working for years to get people to reuse cloth bags.  They came in to talk about the current legislation that would lift the ban on cities banning plastic bags on their own. 

From the House of Representatives site:

Today we learned about the current legislation in the MN Session having to do with federal election funding of election security with Secretary of State Steve Simon. 

Representative Sandy Layman (R)-Cohasset from MN House District 5a talked with us about the change from her last term being in the majority and now moving into the minority and what that means. 

Jamie Becker-Finn was elected to the Minnesota Legislature for the first time last November, as Representative of the people of House District 42B. Jamie, who is a member of the Democratic Farmer Labor party, grew up in the Cass Lake area and graduated from Cass Lake High School. She is married, has two young children, and works as an attorney.