Minnesotans 21 and older would be able to buy marijuana-infused products at breweries, liquor stores, supermarkets and through home delivery services under the recreational cannabis bill moving through the State Capitol.
Why it matters: Supporters say the move, which preserves the state's booming THC seltzer industry, could create a bigger and more accessible market for consumers and business owners.
The Minnesota Legislature gave final approval early Saturday to a bill adding the right to abortion to state law.
Driving the news: The legislation, which gives Minnesotans the "fundamental right to make autonomous decisions" about their reproductive health care, passed the state Senate on a party-line 34-33 vote after 15 hours of debate.
Minnesota is set to join a growing number of states that ban racial discrimination related to hairstyles.
Driving the news: The DFL-majority Senate passed the so-called "Crown Act" 45-19 on Thursday. The bill, which cleared the House earlier this month, now heads to Gov. Tim Walz's desk.
All 13 Minneapolis City Council seats will appear on the November 2023 ballot.
Why it matters: Even with the new strong-mayor system of governance, the City Council approves ordinances and the city's budget.
Gov. Tim Walz's $65.2 billion budget proposal includes big spending increases and new tax credits and checks for millions of Minnesotans.
The big picture: Walz's plan, released in full Tuesday, represents a roughly 25% increase from the current two-year budget. It taps a $17.6 billion surplus to pay for hikes for schools, housing, and more government programs.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will release his full budget proposal Tuesday afternoon, formally kicking off a four-month sprint to pass a spending plan before the Legislature adjourns in May.
Why it matters: The two-year budget, which is ultimately passed by legislators, covers everything from school funding to the availability of EV chargers.
The 2023 election is set to shake up the St. Paul City Council.
The big picture: Four out of seven seats on the council will be open this November. Departing members include Council President Amy Brendmoen.
Legislation guaranteeing the right to abortion in Minnesota passed the state House on Thursday.
The big picture: Minnesota Democrats have pledged to use their majorities in both chambers to enshrine abortion rights into state law in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's June ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.
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