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2015 Archive Video Collection

Press Conferences

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Thu January 8, 2015Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and DFL members present first six bills of session. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: First Six Bills Outlines50mn 39s
Thu January 8, 2015Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and DFL members present first six bills of session. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: First Six Bills Outlines50mn 39s
Mon January 12, 2015Senate Transportation Chair Scott Dibble, DFL-Mpls., announces a transportation funding plan. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Senate DFL Transportation Funding Plan42mn 36s
Mon January 12, 2015Senate Transportation Chair Scott Dibble, DFL-Mpls., announces a transportation funding plan. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Senate DFL Transportation Funding Plan42mn 36s
Tue January 20, 2015Senate GOP members announce proposal to eliminate income tax on Social Security benefits. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Retire in Minnesota Act22mn 43s
Wed January 21, 2015Reforming the child protection system is the crux of legislation that would put, according to the bill's authors, the child's safety first. Senator Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, and Senator Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, announced the legislation in a news conference Wednesday, January 21. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Child Protection System Reforms33mn 59s
Wed January 21, 2015Senator Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, and Senator Sandy Pappas, DFL-St.Paul, announce the introduction of a bill, called the Alzheimer's Research and Support Act, that would create an Alzheimer's research program and direct resources to people with Alzheimer's and the families providing care for them. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Alzheimer's Research and Support Act6mn 7s
Thu January 22, 2015Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, and Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, present their proposed legislation authorizing Sunday liquor sales. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Limited Sunday Liquor Sales29mn 15s
Mon January 26, 2015Governor Mark Dayton announces major transportation funding plan, and key legislators respond. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Dayton Presents Transportation Funding Plan22mn 17s
Wed February 4, 2015Sen. Charles Wiger, chair of the Senate Education Finance Division, and fellow DFL members announce seven education proposals designed to create what Sen. Wiger calls, the world's best workforce. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Creating World's Best Workforce20mn 17s
Thu February 5, 2015Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, and Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, discuss a bill that would exempt farmland from capital bond levies. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Protecting Family Farms23mn 30s
Thu February 12, 2015Three Senate Republicans unveil proposals to reform MNsure at a news conference Thursday, February 12. Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, discuss changes they believe need to happen to make MNsure work more efficiently. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: MNsure Reform9mn 24s
Mon February 16, 2015A group of bipartisan lawmakers want Minnesota voters to decide whether the state's constitution should be amended to include data privacy protection for email, online posting, and other communications using technology. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Data Privacy Constitutional Amendment19mn 7s
Tue February 17, 2015Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, presents her bill designed to create an alternative to jail or an emergency room for people who are mentally ill and in trouble with law enforcement. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Creating Mental Health Hubs 32mn 39s
Tue February 17, 2015Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, presents her bill designed to create an alternative to jail or an emergency room for people who are mentally ill and in trouble with law enforcement. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Creating Mental Health Hubs 32mn 39s
Tue February 17, 2015Governor Mark Dayton highlights transportation projects that would be prioritized should his $6 billion dollars in new transportation plan be approved by the legislature. 46mn 57s
Wed February 18, 2015Senator Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport, and Representative Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, lead a group of supporters calling for family paid leave. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Paid Family Leave25mn 7s
Wed February 18, 2015Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, and members of the Senate Rural Task Force outline several proposals aimed at growing jobs in greater Minnesota. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Rural Development Initiatives9mn 13s
Mon February 23, 2015Senator Dave Brown, R-Becker, and Senator Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, lead a news conference denouncing religious persecution, violence and terrorism. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Denouncing Religious Persecution 23mn 29s
Tue February 24, 2015Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, leads a news conference highlighting an education funding package intended to provide greater funding equity among schools. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Education Funding Equity 28mn 28s
Tue February 24, 2015Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, joins Rep. Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, to promote a bill that would ensure a woman's right to contraception covered by insurance. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: CHEER Act18mn 12s
Wed February 25, 2015A proposal unveiled by Senator Karin Housley, R-St. Mary's Point, would provide $1,000 dollar tax credit to all families with children under the age of five. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Toddler Tax Credit8mn 19s
Fri February 27, 2015Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans, State Economist Laura Kalambokidis, and State Budget Director Margaret Kelly present the latest state budget figures. Following, Governor Dayton, DFL leaders and GOP leaders meet separately with the media to respond to the latest budget information.2h 3mn
Fri February 27, 2015Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans, State Economist Laura Kalambokidis, and State Budget Director Margaret Kelly present the latest state budget figures. Following, Governor Dayton, DFL leaders and GOP leaders meet separately with the media to respond to the latest budget information.2h 3mn
Thu March 5, 2015Gov. Dayton and members of the Senate DFL stand together to emphasis their proposals to increase funding for transportation. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: DFL United on Transportation Funding13mn 10s
Thu March 5, 2015The Senate GOP propose a series of education reform measures, including a proposal by Senate Minority Leader David Hann to divide Minneapolis School District into six smaller districts. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Senate GOP Present Education Reform Proposals25mn 24s
Mon March 9, 2015Senator David Senjem, R-Rochester, and Senator David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, outline their proposals offering new options for low-income students and students with special needs. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Options for Low Income, Special Need Students36mn 14s
Tue March 10, 2015Sen. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, discusses his proposal to increase the rates for personal care attendants 5 percent in 2016 and 5 percent in 2017. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: PCA Rate Increases 5mn 17s
Wed March 11, 2015A group of DFL and GOP Senators formed the Purple Caucus, and Wednesday, March 11, they present their legislative priorities. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Purple Caucus Priorities13mn 4s
Thu March 12, 2015Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, unveils his juvenile justice proposal, which would reform how minors are treated in the criminal justice system. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Juvenile Justice Plan14mn 58s
Thu March 12, 2015Sen. Carrie Rudd, R-Breezy Point, leads a news conference announcing legislation to require DNA testing for those arrested for a violent felony. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: DNA Saves8mn 12s
Fri March 13, 2015Governor Dayton, Senate Transportation Chair Scott Dibble, and others call for rail safety. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Calling for Rail Safety 51mn 6s
Tue March 17, 2015Governor Mark Dayton presents his supplemental budget. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Governor Releases Updated Budget25mn 3s
Wed March 18, 2015Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, leads a news conference outlining a bill to help connect students with skilled workforce needs in Greater Minnesota. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Rural Development Initiatives18mn 47s
Mon March 23, 2015House and Senate Republican leaders and key legislators announce a transportation funding plan. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: GOP Presents Transportation Funding Plan27mn 31s
Fri March 27, 2015Senate DFL announces budget targets for FY 2016-2017. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Sen. Bakk on Budget Targets13mn 33s
Tue April 7, 2015Sen.LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer,promotes S. F. 2,which would provide two years tuition free in the MnSCU system for qualifying students. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Program for Free College Tuition11mn 49s
Thu April 9, 2015Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, leads a news conference outlining an income tax reduction proposal. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Senate GOP Present Tax Plan7mn 15s
Tue April 14, 2015Gov. Mark Dayton and several lawmakers tour Expo Elementary School in St. Paul, and spend time with a pre-kindergarten class before detailing why he believes the state should fund this, among other early childhood programs. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Advocating for Universal Pre-K16mn 14s
Wed April 29, 2015Governor Mark Dayton comments on the finance bills moving through the legislature. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Comments on Finance Bills5mn 43s
Fri May 1, 2015Governor Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk discuss budget talks, end-of-session meeting location, and the fishing opener, among other topics. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Budget Negotiations Begin21mn 35s
Mon May 4, 2015Governor Mark Dayton and DFL leaders vow to block proposed changes to Minnesota's campaign finance laws. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Defending Campaign Finance Laws39mn 10s
Fri May 15, 2015House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk talk with the media outside the Governor's mansion regarding an agreement on budget targets for the conference committees. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Leaders Reach Budget Agreement20mn 2s
Sun May 17, 2015Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Senate Minority Leader David Hann speak separately with the media about the final bills to pass before adjournment. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Ending Session29mn 48s
Tue May 19, 2015Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Senate Minority Leader David Hann meet separately with the media to talk about the final legislative actions of the 2015 Minnesota Senate. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Post Session Press Conference 12mn 14s
Mon June 1, 2015Speaker Kurt Daudt and Governor Mark Dayton meet separately with the media to discuss reaching a budget agreement to avoid a partial government shutdown. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Education Funding Agreement Reached4mn 52s
Mon June 8, 2015Governor Mark Dayton announces that he has ended his fight to protect the State Auditor's role in executing county audits, and he identifies three issues that need to be resolved before he calls a special session. FOR CLOSED CAPTIONED VIDEO, PLEASE SELECT THIS LINK: Fight Ends Over State Auditor Role31mn 46s