In the lgovernmental equivalent of chicken feed, Gov. Mark Dayton passed four bills into law Wednesday. None, not surprisingly, involves the state's budget; those bills, now working through the Legislature, are likely to be vetoed by Dayton.
According to the governor's office, the new laws are::
* A change in financial statement requirements for charitable organizations; it changes the definition of “compensation” for the purposes of reporting requirements.
* A modification of building code requirements related to elevators that creates an exception to the requirement that elevators not meeting safety requirements be taken out of service until modifications have been made.
* A change that allows school coaches to continue doing their jobs even after they've taken early retirement from their teaching careers.
* An increase in the criminal penalty for assaulting a vulnerable adult from a fifth degree assault to fourth degree assault, a gross misdemeanor. The new law will also require individuals convicted of criminal abuse of a vulnerable adult to register on the predatory offender registration list.
Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
A $400 million cash delivery to Iran to repay a decades-old arbitration claim may be unprecedented in recent U.S. history, according to legal experts and diplomatic historians, raising further questions about a payment timed to help free four American prisoners in Iran.