At Issue: Feb. 25 – Legislative Funding 'Do-Over'; Gun Control Debate at Capitol

February 25, 2018 05:40 PM

Gov. Dayton Likely to Sign Legislative Funding Bill on Monday  

Minnesota state leaders are now back at the Capitol for the start of the 2018 legislative session.

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On Thursday, they officially got a "do-over" for a bill vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton last spring that would provide nearly $130 million in funding for legislative operations.

Dayton had vetoed the funding last year as part of a last-minute disagreement with Republican leaders in the Legislature.

But after a legal battle in which the governor prevailed, Dayton said he would sign a bill to restore funding this session if the Legislature passed it.

He will likely sign the bill Monday when he returns from meetings in Washington.

Former DFL state senator Ember Reichgott Junge said on "At Issue" that the deal had to be done. 

 

Gun Control Debate at the Capitol 

The gun control debate continues at the State Capitol.

Dayton says he supports student efforts pushing for tighter gun control.

The governor says he's donating $1,000 to a GoFundMe page paying for Minnesota students who are going to the "March For Our Lives" rally next month in Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, "Protect Minnesota" is energized after the school shooting in Florida. But the group says it is also concerned about the gun deaths that don't get as much attention.

They went to the Capitol on Thursday to urge lawmakers to vote against two new gun bills introduced this session.

They spoke with the lawmakers and held a rally in the Capitol rotunda.

Their concern is the two new bills, "Stand Your Ground" and "Permitless Carry" would make Minnesota less safe.

Republican strategist Brian McDaniel said he thinks everyone wants to have a reasonable conversation on the issue.

DFL strategist Sarah Walker said mass shootings in the country are absolutely an epidemic.

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