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July 2014
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Sunday
July 20, 2014
Millions of dollars are allocated each year to projects aimed at preserving and enhancing Minnesota\'s environment and natural resources. This week\'s Capitol Report focuses on the various funding sources, key projects, and groups tasked with helping lawmakers make those decisions.

Julie talks with Commissioner Tom Landwehr of the Department of Natural Resources and Sen. John Marty, chair of the Senate Environment and Energy Policy Committee, about state and citizen efforts to preserve Minnesota\'s natural resources for outdoor enthusiasts.
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Sunday
July 13, 2014
Tours of the State Capitol will continue during the building renovation project, and you can extend your visit by viewing the many memorials located on the State Capitol lawn.

On this week\'s Capitol Report, we feature several of the memorials, including the stories behind the World War II Memorial, the Women\'s Suffrage Memorial, the Knute Nelson and John Johnson statues.
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Sunday
July 06, 2014
From the top of the State Capitol dome to the cellar of the building, massive construction work is underway to restore the Minnesota State Capitol to its glory as designed by architect Cass Gilbert. On this week\'s Capitol Report, we take you to the many construction areas so you can view the work up close and hear from the experts as to the goals and purpose of the multi-million dollar project. Flash Media format

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June 2014
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Sunday
June 29, 2014
After more than 100 years of hanging on the walls in the Governor\'s receptionist area, two massive portraits are gingerly removed and subsequently moved to a temporary location. Julie Bartkey talks with Brian Szott of the Historical Society about the work.

The 2014 Legislature passed the Women\'s Economic Security Act, which features several proposals designed to provide equity in the workforce. Speaker of the House Paul Thissen joins Julie on the Capitol Report set to discuss his invitation to the White House Summit on Working Families.

Also on this week\'s program, Julie sits down with Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans to review the potential impacts of lower-than-projected revenue. Finally, we catch up with Co-Chair of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, Rep. Jean Wagenius, DFL-Minneapolis, to talk about the work of the group and its challenge of sifting through dozens of proposals to identify and fund those that they consider good for the environment.
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Sunday
June 22, 2014
With much of the state saturated by continuous rainfall, the Governor is touring various locations that could be eligible for disaster relief funds. A new law allows for the possibility of appropriating the funds without the need for a special legislative session. Julie sits down with Rep. Gene Pelowski, DFL-Winona, to discuss the new law that he helped craft.

Another new law, which doesn\'t take effect for two years, bans any product containing triclosan from being sold in Minnesota. The hormone-inhibiting chemical is currently found in some toothpaste and soap, and Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, explains why he felt the ban was necessary.

Julie also sits down with Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, to discuss two of her bills signed by the Governor. One bill establishes a working group to seek alternatives for mentally ill Minnesotans currently incarcerated for low-level crimes. The second bill tightens the Safe at Home program.

Also of note, Julie catches up with outdoor legend Ron Schara and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, about their roles on the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

Finally, Jon Brune continues his series on the capitol restoration project by highlighting the intricacies involved in reproducing the exterior stone work.
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Sunday
June 15, 2014
This past week, President Barack Obama issued an executive order capping college student loan payments at 10 percent of their monthly income. Minnesota has other options for students in debt, and Higher Education Chair Terri Bonoff joins Julie on this week\'s Capitol Report to explain the new provisions passed in 2014.

Medical marijuana, now officially referred to as medical cannabis, became the high-profile issue in 2014. However, Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Commissioner of the Dept. of Health, cites legislative action on another measure as the most significant effort this year to advance public health. He joins Julie to review new public health efforts underway in Minnesota.

Veterans throughout the nation seeking health care have had long waits, according to an internal United States Department of Veterans Affairs audit. Minnesota Senate Veterans Affairs Chair Tom Saxhaug explains how Minnesota\'s veterans are faring.

Finally, a billion dollar transportation funding proposal lacked traction to win legislative approval in 2014. Transportation Chair Scott Dibble outlines his priorities for 2015.
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Sunday
June 08, 2014
To showcase their $4 million dollar funding increase for school lunch and breakfast programs, policymakers served breakfast Wednesday, June 4, to students at Morris Bye Elementary School in Coon Rapids. Following the event, Capitol Report host Julie Bartkey talked with Senator Alice Johnson, DFL-Spring Lake Park, about her efforts to greatly expand the program. Later in the day, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius sat down with Julie to discuss future challenges facing Minnesota\'s learners.

Minnesota\'s outdoors are second to none in the nation, and now residents have new tools to enjoy the lakes and parks. Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr highlights ways his department is upgrading services to help residents take advantage of the state\'s natural resources.

Finally, we continue our effort to feature the State Capitol renovation work underway. Producer Jon Brune explains how the construction footprint has forced the reconfiguration of parking areas near the building.
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Sunday
June 01, 2014
On this week\'s Capitol Report program, we feature behind-the-scenes look at the work underway at the State Capitol. Producer Jon Brune, with Photographer Marv Raiola, take viewers to restricted areas where major renovation and demolition work is underway. Also, Dept. of Administration Commissioner Spencer Cronk joins Julie to highlight the outcome of the major construction work.

Also on this week\'s program, Governor Mark Dayton declared 2014 the �Unsession.� In a press conference earlier in the week, he and IRRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich highlight some of unnecessary laws removed from the books.
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May 2014
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May 25, 2014
Minneapolis presented a \'super\' bid, beating out two other cities to host the 2018 Super Bowl. We feature a portion of the official announcement at the State Capitol.

The 2014 Legislative session ended with the DFL proclaiming that significant investments were made, the budget is in good shape, and key funding sources helped make those investments possible. The GOP disagrees, saying many of the investments place Minnesota in a financially unsustainable path. We discuss the details with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Minority Leader David Hann.

Finally, we catch up with the current chair of the House Public Safety Committee, Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul, who is stepping away from public office after nine terms in the House.
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Sunday
May 18, 2014
Governor Mark Dayton signed into law the bill requiring smart cell phone manufacturers to include the ability for owners to �kill� their phone when stolen or lost. Julie interviews House author Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, about the nation-leading law.

Also on this week\'s program, Capital Investment Chair Leroy Stumpf discusses the bonding bill agreed to by legislative leaders, and Senator James Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, underscores the significance of the liquor bill he championed.

Finally, former Ways and Means Chair Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, reflects on her service in the Minnesota House of Representatives as she decides to step away from her legislative career.
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Sunday
May 11, 2014
The construction season is underway, and the 2014 capital investment bills include dozens of projects. Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, highlights a few key provisions when presenting the bill to the Senate Capitol Investment Committee. Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, joins Julie to describe the House proposal, which is slated to be debated early next week.

Also on this week\'s program, the Minnesota Legislature reinstated the Newborn Screening Act. Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, discusses the importance of the program and addresses some of the concerns raised by new parents.

Former Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, will not return to the legislature. He sits down with Julie to discuss his career in office and his future.

Finally, we pay tribute to long-time Minnesota Historical Society Capitol tour guide Michael Salzman, who passed away unexpectedly.
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Sunday
May 04, 2014
The legislature recently passed a new law aiding community chili cook-offs, and the bill sponsor, Senator Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, joins Julie to explain what has changed.

The Minnnesota Senate created a new committee, the Select Committee on Disparities and Opportunities. Co-chair of the panel, Senator Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Mpls., explains the impetus for the new bipartisan panel and its goals.

Several state representatives have decided not to seek reelection. One of the longest serving house members, Rep. Thomas Huntley, reflects on his time at the State Capitol.

Finally, Governor Mark Dayton delivered his fourth State of the State Address. Julie highlights the speech and comments from leaders of both political caucuses.
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April 2014
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Sunday
April 27, 2014
The states youngest learners are a priority in the House and Senate Education finance bills, which are currently in conference committee as a part of a large finance package. Julie sits down with the chairs of the education committees in each body, Sen. Charles Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, and Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dillworth, who detail the priorities in each bill and key differences.

With less than a month left in the 2014 legislative session, Senate Minority Leader David Hann discusses his thoughts on the first half of session, what he heard from Minnesotans during a recent listening tour, and his expectations for the remaining weeks.

Additionally, Julie talks with Brian Pease of Minnesota Historical Society and shares with viewers a glimpse of some antiques uncovered during the massive restoration project.

Finally, the first woman elected to the Minnesota Senate in her own right, Sen. Nancy Brattas, passed away recently at the age of 86. We pay tribute to the trailblazer.
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Sunday
April 13, 2014
�It\'s law!� proclaimed Governor Mark Dayton as he signed the Safe and Supportive Schools Act. The bill signing was witnessed by hundreds of supporters, and Capitol Report features portions of the event.

Sen. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, sponsored the bill reflecting the minimum wage agreement between the Senate and the House. He talks with Julie about the new language and process that secured enough Senate votes to pass.

A second tax bill in the Senate features sales tax exemptions to local governments and tax credits for some tutoring services. Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, highlights his proposal. Also, Senate Minority Leader David Hann explains why he believes the minimum wage and tax bills have some good provisions, but not enough to garner his support.

Finally, Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, turns the tragic loss of her daughter to heroin into a legislative triumph. She describes �Steve\'s Law� and how it could save lives in the future.
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Sunday
April 06, 2014
With the 2014 road construction season underway in Minnesota, Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Mpls., joins Julie to review two proposals that would help pay for the lengthy list of awaiting projects and improve transit.

Early childhood education will likely be the big benefactor of the education finance measure. Sen. Charles Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, highlights the measure and other provisions intended to aid Minnesota students, including those preparing for kindergarten.

Also on this week\'s program, Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, details his bill that makes it easier for those exonerated of a crime to regain their seized personal property.

Finally, Julie catches up with Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, to learn about his proposal, included in the Omnibus liquor bill, which would allow Sunday sales in tap rooms, including growlers of craft beer.
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March 2014
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Sunday
March 30, 2014
Several anti-violence groups rallied at the Capitol this week, calling upon lawmakers to strengthen laws to end domestic violence. On this week\'s Capitol Report, Julie highlights the rally and talks with event organizers.

Also this week, with the tax filing deadline approaching, Minnesota filers may benefit from just-passed tax provisions. Julie talks with Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans about the latest changes and what Minnesota taxpayers need to know.

A series of bills designed to provide economic security for women are moving through the legislature. Two strong proponents of legislative efforts, Senate President Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, and Senator Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, join Julie to discuss the goals of the legislation and their efforts.
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Sunday
March 23, 2014
In an effort to have all Minnesota students begin the school day with a full stomach, Senator Alice Johnson, DFL-Spring Lake Park, proposes expanding the free school breakfast program to cover every k-12 student.

With more than half of all inmates diagnosed with some form of mental illness, Senator Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, discusses her legislation that would establish a task force that creates a plan to de-criminalize the mentally ill.

An attempt to halt the recently reestablished wolf hunt in Minnesota is moving through the Senate. Senator Foung Hawj, DFL-St. Paul, discusses the intent behind his proposal. Senator Bill Ingrebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, thinks it\'s a bad idea and explains why.
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Sunday
March 16, 2014
The Senate State and Local Government Committee advanced SF 2027, a bill regulating the use of e-cigarettes. Moderator Julie Bartkey discusses the legislation with Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, who seeks to place e-cigarettes in the same category as tobacco and ban their use in public spaces. Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, offers a different perspective on regulating e-cigarettes.

Legislation commonly known as the �puppy and kitty bill� is making progress after six years of initially being introduced. Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, discusses his proposal, which would license and regulate large operations of dog and cat breeders.

Also in this week\'s program, a bill that extends health benefits to corrections employees hurt in the line of duty is detailed by one of its authors, Sen. Karin Housley, R-St. Mary\'s Point.

Finally, Bikers Day at the Capitol brought more than 200 motorcycle enthusiasts to the rotunda in order to raise awareness on issues related to motorcycle safety.
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Sunday
March 09, 2014
Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) and those who rely on their services rallied at the Capitol this week in support of a five percent rate increase. On this week\'s program, Sen. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, who continues to champion a bi-partisan bill to provide the increase, talks with Julie about the timeline for securing legislative support.

The House quickly acted on its tax bill intending to reduce middle class and business tax cuts by $500 million. Governor Mark Dayton is calling for a $616 million dollar tax cut plan. Julie sits down with Senate Tax Chair Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, to discuss the Senate\'s timeline and priorities for the Senate tax bill. Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, provides his caucus\' perspective that most of the $1.23 billion dollar surplus should be returned to the taxpayers.
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Sunday
March 02, 2014
Senator Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, joins Julie to underscore the need for $20 million additional dollars for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Scott Leitz, Interim CEO of MNsure, updates Julie on the latest success and challenges with MNsure, and Senator Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, expresses her views that Minnesota should be allowed to option out of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Finally, Representative Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, explains her proposal allowing local governments to allow Sunday liquor sales.
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February 2014
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Sunday
February 23, 2014
Addressing the anticipated state surplus, approving capital improvement projects, raising the minimum wage, and improving Minnesota\'s roads, bridges and transit systems are among the high-profile issues in 2014. This week on Capitol Report, Julie explores these and other issues with legislative leaders.

Joining Julie in the studio is Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, Senate Minority Leader David Hann and House Majority Leader Erin Murphy. Plus, the program features comments on the upcoming session from House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt during the 2014 media forum.
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Sunday
February 16, 2014
April 1st is quickly approaching, and Minnesota residents will need to have health insurance or face paying a penalty. On this week\'s Capitol Report, Representative Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, and Senator Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, join Julie to assess the progress of MNsure, the state\'s online health insurance exchange.

Key local officials were invited to the State Capitol this week to explain efforts to ensure all Minnesota students are obtaining quality education. To that end, Education Finance Chair Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, and Senator Sean Nienow, join Julie to offer their views on the state\'s efforts and outcomes.

Also on this week\'s program, Education Chair Patricia Torres Ray discusses ways the state should measure the success of charter schools in Minnesota\'s educational system.
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Sunday
February 09, 2014
A bill to strengthen the state\'s anti-bullying legislation is likely this session. The well-known proposal, carried by Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, has been the focus of several Capitol Report segments. This week, Julie sits down to discuss a different option, sponsored by Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes.

We also look at three other topics that will likely surface in 2014. Sen. Vicki Jensen, DFL-Owatonna, outlines two bills tightening current domestic violence laws. Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, explains why her committee is examining health inequities among Minnesotans. Finally, Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, highlights his bill to compensate people who are wrongfully imprisoned.
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Sunday
February 02, 2014
A bill to legalize Sunday liquor sales is expected to surface early in the 2014 legislative session. Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, describes his proposal and how tap rooms have helped this issue gain momentum within the liquor industry.

Also, Julie Bartkey sits down with Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, to discuss his plans to try and pass his anti-bullying bill.

Finally, Sen. Branden Peterson, R-Andover, explains why he opposes the Safe and Supportive Schools Act and also details his bill to limit when law enforcement can use technology to collect and retain private information.
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January 2014
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January 26, 2014
A bill to legalize medical marijuana was introduced in 2013, and it will likely move through the legislative process this upcoming session. The senate bill is carried by Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, and he explains why he sponsored the bill and the chances of it becoming law in 2014.

This week\'s program also features three other proposals. Sen. Matt Schmit, DFL-Red Wing, discusses his efforts to expand high speed internet to underserved areas in Minnesota. Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, talks about his bill to eliminate the tax on adoption assistance, and Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, features his measure to halt cities and counties from exercising unauthorized traffic diversion programs.
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Sunday
January 19, 2014
A special committee charged with recommending ways to improve security for the State Capitol area complex finalized its recommendations, and this week we examine their proposals. Julie speaks with Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, who supported the final report and Senator Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope, who opposes it.

It was a very busy week at the Capitol, and Julie highlights several of the events that took place: Governor Mark Dayton announced a $986 million dollar bonding proposal; Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon\'s said she will not seek another term; a key Senate committee endorses, on a partisan-divided vote, the construction of a new legislative office building; and Senators learn about the pressure to change the state\'s sex offender civil commitment process.
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Sunday
January 12, 2014
The incentive to steal a smart phone could soon be extinct if a proposal by Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, wins legislative proposal. He joins Julie to explain his bill, which would require all smart phones to have a �kill switch.�

Also on the program, Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, discusses his concerns with the use of drones over Minnesota soil. He details his proposal to regulate the government\'s use of drones.

Rep. Susan Allen, DFL-Minneapolis, has a bill that would ban conversion therapy for minors. She explains how many licensed therapists use conversion therapy to alter sexual preference.

Finally, we provide an update on the massive restoration project at the State Capitol with images and details on the demolition of the basement.
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