MN Legislature

Heidi Holtan

A special session of the 2020 MN Legislature is not a surprise – due in large part to a bonding bill that did not get passed and also the unusual circumstances of COVID-19.  But now, with the killing of George Floyd a new agenda for special session by Democrats has emerged.  Minn Post Reporter Walker Orenstein talked with us this morning on KAXE/KBXE.

Did you known that there is not an Amendment in either the MN or the U.S. Constitution that states specifically that women and men have equal protection under the law?  Polls show that 76% of our population think that we have an Equal Rights Amendment and 94% believe we should.

Betty Folliard joined us For Making Sausage on KAXE/KBXE's Morning Show along with DFL commentator Colleen Nardone. 

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In 2017, the number of young Minnesotans using tobacco rose for the first time in 17 years due to a surge in e-cigarette use. Since then, the crisis has only gotten worse. According to the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey, 26.4 percent of Minnesota 11th graders reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. That represents a 54 percent increase from the 2016 survey. Usage rates also climbed among 8th and 9th graders.

On Making Sausage Thursday mornings we talk about the messy business of politics.  This week DFL commentator Colleen Nardone was in - and we talked insulin prices with Senate Minority Leader from Cook - DFLer Tom Bakk. 

This year in the MN Legislature there was a bill to let the voters decide in 2020 if  Equal Rights Amendment to the MN Constitution should be added.  It did not pass. 

Our longtime DFL commentator Colleen Nardone has been around for a lot of discussion about women and the Equal Rights Amendment - she joined us on Making Sausage.