John Knapp

John Knapp

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

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Federal PAC Reports Due July 31, 2015

All Federal PACs are required to submit a campaign finance report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on or before Friday, July 31, 2015. Unless the PAC has elected a monthly filing schedule, the semi-annual report must...more

7/28/2015 - Campaign Funds Federal Election Commission Filing Deadlines PACs

Post Session News

Minimum Wage Hike for Airport Workers - On Monday, the Metropolitan Airports Commission backed a $10 an hour minimum wage for about 2,800 employees of airline subcontractors. Commission members voted 11-4 for...more

6/22/2015 - Airports Electricity Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees Minimum Wage Net Metering Sex Offenders Special Election Wage and Hour

Special Session Set For Today

After weeks of negotiations, speculation, and a late night caucus, Governor Mark Dayton called the Special Session for today at 10 a.m. The six bills on the approved agenda are the three budget bills that Dayton vetoed at...more

6/12/2015 - Broadband Disabled Electricity Costs Forestry Government Shutdown Hiring & Firing Marijuana Medical Marijuana Mining New Legislation Railways Sales & Use Tax Solar Energy State Budgets Utilities Sector Wind Power

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up its business late Monday night, meeting a constitutional deadline to finish its work for 2015 by midnight. Adding to the pressure to end on time, as part of the ongoing renovation of the...more

5/20/2015 - Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas State Budgets

Week In Review - May 2015 #2

Budget Battle - Conference committees on the budget bills for the next biennium have begun their initial walkthroughs of fiscal tracking sheets and side-by-side comparisons, but the real negotiating is awaiting new...more

5/11/2015 - Budget Surplus Governor Dayton Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees State Budgets

Week in Review - April 2015 #3

Tax Revenue - Minnesota raked in $100 million more in tax collections in February and March than State forecasters had predicted. The Minnesota Management and Budget Department said the additional revenue topped...more

4/20/2015 - Funding Health Insurance State Budgets Surface Transportation Tax Revenues

Week in Review - March 2015

Minnesota Budget Forecast/Surplus - Management and Budget shows the State’s previously forecast $1.038 billion surplus for the next biennium has grown to $1.87 billion. Governor Mark Dayton said he will propose using...more

3/9/2015 - Budget Surplus Legislative Agendas Mark Dayton State Budgets

Lobbyist Principal Report Due March 16

In accordance with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, all lobbyist principals must file an Annual Report with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ("Board") on or before March 16,...more

3/3/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Lobbyists

Week in Review - February 2015 #4

MNsure Reform - Minnesota’s already low rate of people without health insurance fell even more over the past year, a survey from Gallup finds. At the beginning of 2014, just 9.5 percent of Minnesotans lacked health...more

3/2/2015 - Ebola Financing Health Insurance Infrastructure Lottery Tax Revenues

Week in Review - February 2015 #2

Pay Raises - Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican House are sparring over state agency commissioner pay. Last month, Dayton increased pay for 26 commissioners and department heads by a total of $802,000. Republicans say...more

2/13/2015 - Lottery Property Tax Public Employees Railroads Railways State Taxes

Week in Review - January 2015

Committee deadlines for the 2015 session were established this week: - March 20, committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin; - March 27, committees must act favorably on bills, or companion...more

1/26/2015 - Appropriations Bill Income Taxes Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees Liquor Liquor Control Acts Nursing Homes Wine & Alcohol

Transportation Funding Issue Heats Up

Right out of the gate, both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature put forward transportation funding packages. It has been called the issue of the session. The need for reliable, efficient transportation touches everyone in...more

1/19/2015 - Bonds Funding Infrastructure Legislative Agendas State Budgets Surface Transportation

2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Begins

The Minnesota Legislature convened on Tuesday, January 6 at noon to begin the 2015 Minnesota Legislative session. The first day of session was marked by the swearing in of new members, organizational matters and other...more

1/12/2015 - Disaster Preparedness Economic Development Education Reform Legislative Agendas State Budgets Tax Reform

Minnesota House Leadership Selected

In wake of the 2014 elections, the DFL and Republican House Caucuses met late last week to select their leadership for the 2015-2016 Minnesota legislative session. The new Republican Majority selected current Minority Leader...more

11/11/2014 - Election Results Political Appointments

Minnesota Returns to Divided State Government

Despite convincing DFL wins in all contested statewide offices and in two heavily contested Congressional seats, the DFL Party was unable to retain control of the Minnesota House of Representatives. U.S. Senator Al Franken...more

11/6/2014 - Election Results

Minnesota Primary Election Set for August 12

The Minnesota Primary Election will be held on August 12. All 134 Minnesota House seats are up for election this year. Additionally all five Constitutional offices (Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, Attorney General, Secretary...more

8/1/2014 - Primary Elections

2014 Election Season Officially Begins

With the beginning of the candidate filing period on May 20, the official 2014 elections calendar has begun. Candidates will have until June 3 to file for partisan offices....more

5/21/2014 - Deadlines Political Campaigns

April filing deadlines for State and Federal PACs and Independent Expenditure Committees

Most people think of April 15th as the tax filing deadline but two important campaign reports are also due next week. Minnesota political committees, political funds, independent expenditure committees and independent...more

4/9/2014 - FEC Filing Deadlines PACs

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Contribution Limits

On Tuesday morning, a divided United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (572 U.S. ____ (2014)), striking down a portion of federal campaign finance law that...more

4/4/2014 - Aggregation Rules Campaign Contributions Campaign Finance Reform First Amendment McCutcheon v. FEC SCOTUS

Lobbyist Principal Report Due March 17

In accordance with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, all lobbyist principals must file an Annual Report with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ("Board") on or before March 17,...more

3/5/2014 - Disclosure Requirements Lobbying Lobbyists

2014 Legislative Session Preview

The Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to convene for the second year of its biennial legislative session on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at noon. Given the May 19, 2014, adjournment date and the forthcoming Election Day for...more

2/25/2014 - Legislative Agendas State Budgets State Taxes

Minnesota Political Law Guidelines Updated

Table of Contents: Lobbyist Registration; Lobbyist Report and Record Keeping; Corporate Political Activity; Gifts To Public Officials Prohibited; Issues In Communicating With Public Officials; Employment Law Issues;...more

8/21/2013 - Bribery Corporate Gifts Lobbying Lobbyists New Legislation Public Officials Recordkeeping Requirements Registration Reporting Requirements

Guidelines For Corporate Political Activity In Minnesota

In this publication: Lobbyist Registration - - Lobbying Defined. - Definition Of Lobbyist - Lobbyist Registration Lobbyist Report And Record Keeping - - Periodic Lobbyists Reports - Information...more

8/19/2013 - Conflicts of Interest Corporate Gifts Ex Parte Lobbying Lobbyists Recordkeeping Requirements Registration

Federal PAC Reports Due July 31, 2013

All federal PACs are required to submit a semi-annual report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on or before July 31, 2013. The semi-annual report must reflect all receipts and disbursements between January 1, 2013, and...more

7/23/2013 - Deadlines FEC PACs Required Documentation

Minnesota Legislature Passes Campaign Finance and Election Law Changes

The 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session saw the passage of significant campaign finance and election law legislation. Governor Dayton indicated at the beginning of this session that, despite the DFL majorities in both the...more

6/10/2013 - Absentee Voting Campaign Finance Reform Campaign Spending Limits New Legislation Political Campaigns Political Contributions

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