MN Capitol Notebook: Recreational pot bill goes down, gun control and abortion measures force impasse

MN Capitol Notebook: Recreational pot bill goes down, gun control and abortion measures force impasse

Gun Rights

Gun control supporters rallied at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 13, to urge Minnesota Senate leaders to hold hearings on a pair of bills that would restrict the purchase and possession of firearms. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service 1 / 4 ST. PAUL — Hopes for legalizing recreational marijuana in Minnesota came to a halt in a state Senate panel. Chasms emerged as gun control and abortion came up ahead of a legislative deadline. Millions of dollars of fraud were reported in the state’s child care assistance program and legislators split on how to address it. As the Minnesota Legislature took up some of the most controversial proposals of the legislative session, divisions emerged between the Republican-led Senate and the Democrat-led House of Representatives. The debates this week came ahead of a Friday deadline for bills that don’t deal with spending to pass out of committee in their house of origin. The deadline is by no means final as policy bills can get wound up in budget proposals or brought up for consideration through special orders, but it does light a fire under lawmakers to get their bills moving through the Capitol before conversations turn to the state budget. There appeared to be no compromise in sight for several of the bills up for a vote this week. And legislative leaders suggested they’d take the hot-button issues to voters in hopes of flipping the balance of power at the Capitol in 2020. Recreational marijuana bill goes down A […]

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