Thursday, May 9, 2013
All three Southwest Minneapolis representatives said yea Thursday afternoon.
The Minnesota House of Representatives passed legislation that would extend marriage to same-sex couples in a 75-59 vote Thursday afternoon. Southwest Minneapolis Reps. Frank Hornstein (D-61A), Paul Thissen (D-62B) Susan Allen (D-62B) all voted in favor of the measure. The bill will go to the Senate floor Monday. If passed, Gov. Mark Dayton will be the last step to sign the bill into law. See what was being said about the reps on social media Thursday. Follow Southwest Minneapolis Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free daily email newsletter
Friday, November 9, 2012
Rep. Paul Thissen chosen as Speaker of the House of Representative Thursday night.
Southwest Minneapolis' Rep. Paul Thissen (DFL-Minneapolis) has been elected to one of the top positions in state government—Speaker of the House of Representatives. It's a position that's widely considered to be second in power behind the governor. Thissen, who represents around half of Southwest Minneapolis on the east side of the Chain of Lakes, was previously the DFL Minority leader in the last legislative session when Republicans held a majority in both halves of the legislature. According to the Star-Tribune, Thissen promised to break gridlock in state government. "We face big challenges, but we can meet them if we work together," Thissen told the paper. "It is time to roll up our sleeves and get to work." In a written statement sent …
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Southwest legislators critical of the final product.
Insults were hurled. Accusations were made. Pleas were ignored. But in the end, the people’s business was finished. Gov. Mark Dayton just signed into law all 12 budget bills passed in the middle of the night Wednesday by the Minnesota House and Senate. Dayton’s signatures ended the shutdown of Minnesota government—at 20 days, it was the longest continuous shutdown of any state government in United States history. In the end, Dayton kept his promise that he wouldn’t sign any of the bills until all 12 had passed through both houses of the legislature. At the start of the marathon special session, it seemed as though the process would be over quickly. In its first hour, the Senate passed six of 12 bills while the House passed five. But by 1 a…