Minn. lawmakers welcomed back with asks ranging from gun restrictions to immigrant drivers licenses

Minn. lawmakers welcomed back with asks ranging from gun restrictions to immigrant drivers licenses

Gun Rights

Gun control advocates and gun rights supporters greeted lawmakers and others as they walked toward the Minnesota Senate on the first day of the 2020 legislative session, Tuesday, Feb. 11. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Gun control advocates cheered and held up "Welcome Back" signs as lawmakers funneled through Capitol hallways to the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate chamber. Chants calling for lawmakers to take up a plan to provide driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants reverberated through the Senate as lawmakers bowed their heads in an opening prayer. And diabetics and family members of those concerned about affording insulin for themselves or others again filled a hearing room as lawmakers debated setting up an emergency insulin program for those who couldn’t afford the hormone. It was a busy day at the Capitol as lawmakers buckled in for the nearly four-month legislative session and as interest groups rallied, held news conferences and otherwise tried to get to the top of legislators’ priority lists on the first day of the 2020 session. Unlike last year, Minnesota lawmakers don’t have a constitutional responsibility to accomplish anything in 2020. The state’s two-year budget is set. And while legislative leaders have said they’ll prioritize a multibillion dollar borrowing plan to take on a series of public projects, it’s not required. And within minutes of the session’s start, one lawmaker, Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, called on his colleagues to close out the legislative session in an effort to avoid the […]

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