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Lawmakers, registrars sound off on rollout of new motor vehicle licensing system
By Jonathan Avise

House lawmakers on Monday heard from Minnesotans exasperated by this summer’s rocky rollout of the state’s new computer system for managing motor vehicle licensing that has left licensing agents frustrated and seeking help from legislators.

Known as MNLARS, the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System made its debut on July 24 after roughly nine years and $90 million in planning and development. It replaced an existing 30-year-old computer system.

The upgraded system — which licensing agents across the state use to help drivers get tabs, titles and licenses — has had a rough start. Glitches have led to long lines, incorrectly calculated charges, and an inability for deputy registrar offices to process some transactions.

State officials, and deputy registrars and residents impacted by the transition, testified during a hearing before the House Transportation Finance Committee Monday on the effects of the changes.

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Mediation ordered to work out legislative, gubernatorial funding dispute
By Mike Cook

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.

2017 state fair poll results
By HPIS Staff

More than 7,100 fairgoers cast a ballot over 12 late-summer days at the House’s state fair booth in the Education Building.

Minnesota Supreme Court takes up legislative funding battle
By Jonathan Avise

The state’s highest court on Monday heard oral arguments in the case of Gov. Mark Dayton’s appeal of a lower court ruling last month that found his line-item veto of Legislative funding violated the state constitution.

Judge rules Dayton’s veto of Legislative funding violated constitution
By Jonathan Avise

A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.

New laws on tap for July 1 include long-awaited Sunday sales
By HPIS Staff

The legalization of Sunday off-sale liquor sales is among new state laws taking effect July 1.

Judge OKs legislative funding for 90 days
By Ricky Campbell

A Ramsey County judge has given the go-ahead for the House and Senate to remain operational until Oct. 1 while the two chambers’ funding remains in legal limbo with a pending lawsuit against Gov. Mark Dayton.

Dayton, legislative leaders have their day in court over funding issue
By Jonathan Mohr

Lawyers for Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders met in a Ramsey County court Monday to argue the merits of a lawsuit over the governor’s May line-item veto of money meant fund the House and Senate for the next two years.

Legislative leaders will sue governor over line-item veto
By Ricky Campbell

With closed-door negotiations unproductive, lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton will face-off in court

Governor still hopeful negotiations can solve legislative funding fight
By Jonathan Avise

A meeting between the governor, House and Senate leaders is tentatively scheduled for next week, Dayton says.

Dayton signs budget bills into law, but showdown with lawmakers continues
By Jonathan Avise

Governor agrees to sign bills that make up state’s $46 billion, two-year budget but line-item vetoes funding for the Legislature

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House, Senate head toward lawsuit over governor's legislative funding veto
By Jonathan Avise

House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.

Weary lawmakers pass final budget bills, wrap 2017 special session
By Mike Cook

Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.

'Inefficient and efficient at the same time': It’s conference committee season
By Ricky Campbell

Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.

Omnibus bills provide framework for the state's biennial budget plan
By Ricky Campbell

At the beginning of the state’s two-year fiscal cycle, the first year of the legislative session is traditionally a “budget year.” It’s a lengthy process, but it’s one that requ...

Dayton’s budget proposal prioritizes health, education and transportation
By Ricky Campbell

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday released a two-year, $45.8 billion biennial budget proposal that includes an expansion of MinnesotaCare, increased education spending and an increase...

Dayton proposes $1.5 billion bonding bill
By Jonathan Avise

Governor urges lawmakers to pass a big capital investment bill during budget-setting year; House Speaker has expressed doubt over bonding this session

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