Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, tried to lift a stack of printed proposed amendments to the Health and Human Services Omnibus Finance bill which numbered 87 Monday afternoon. Copies were stacked on benches to be distributed to members for what was expected to be a long debate.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.