A vote is expected in the state Senate today on a bill that beefs up the fight against Minnesota’s opioid crisis. What makes the measure controversial is how additional programs are paid for: an annual licensing fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors. The Senate is also to vote on a bill that would increase reckless or careless driving penalties for light rail operators in the Twin Cities. It’s prompted by a fatal crash that was the L-R-T driver’s fault. There’s another House hearing on Democrats’ paid family leave bill. And committees in the Republican-controlled Senate begin reviewing Governor Tim Walz’s proposal to make the MinnesotaCare health care program available to anyone regardless of income — a plan Republicans strongly oppose.
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