Friday, November 23, 2012
Those in the community and surrounding areas are welcome to attend.
Friday, November 23, 2012
(The following is a press release from the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce.) The Shakopee Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be hosting an appreciation open house for Sen. Claire Robling on Wednesday, November 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Turtle’s 1890 Social Centre in Shakopee and the public is invited. Those in the community and surrounding areas are welcome to join us as we celebrate and honor the retirement of Senator Robling and thank her for the many years of service she has dedicated to our community and those in District 35. Stop by anytime between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to pass along your thanks and well wishes! Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend this special event. RSVP’s to firstname.lastname@example.org are appreciated but not …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Eleven senators and former House Speaker Steve Sviggum used state resources to prepare campaign literature and did not reimburse the state.
(Editor's note: A portion of the information below was provided by a Minnesota DFL press release.) State Senator Claire Robling, who represents Shakopee, violated Minnesota election law concluded the Office of Administrative Hearings. Ten other Republican state senators and House Speaker Steve Sviggum were also found to have violated the Fair Campaign Practices Act when they distributed campaign materials without identifying the source of the materials. The three judge panel found that they used state resources to prepare the campaign literature and failed to reimburse the State for the costs. (A pdf of the decision is attached above.) In February, MPR reported on the nearly 5,000 “Legislative Updates” that were printed in Senate offices …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The plan will now head to a House-Senate conference committee so differences can be ironed out.
Sen. Claire Robling, R-Jordan, joined 37 other senators in passing a Vikings stadium bill late Tuesday after debating throughout the day. With the 38-28 vote, the plan will now head to a House-Senate conference committee so differences can be ironed out. The Star Tribune reports that both the House and Senate bumped up the amount the Vikings would pay—the House to $532 million, the Senate to $452. The team has proposed $427 million. In addition to changing the state's overall contribution, the Senate also tweaked how that money would be raised, adding a series of user fees on things like tickets and parking that would supplement money raised from expanded gambling, the Star Tribune notes. The conference committee will be responsible for …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Finance Committee with Chair Sen. Claire Robling (R-Jordan) is having a hearing today.
Legislators are keeping a Vikings stadium proposal rolling despite setbacks just a week ago. The stadium proposal cleared two House committees this month but stumbled last week when the House Government Operations and Elections Committee rejected it, 9-6. Supporters, led by Shakopee's Cory Merrifield at SaveTheVikes.org, and backed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, rallied to keep the bill moving forward—which the the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee did on Tuesday. Today, the Senate Finance Committee will take up the measure. The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. You can watch live here, thanks to The UpTake. Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke, Shakopee Chamber of Commerce leaders and local legislators in January proposed building a …
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Robling: It is very difficult to pass common sense measures into law these days.
GOP state Sen. Claire Robling is not running for re-election. This is a change of heart for Robling (R-Jordan), who is the chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. Robing told Shakopee Patch in late February that after reviewing the new district maps, she was planning on seeking re-election. "I have been very honored to represent it as a state senator and I would like to continue in that role," Robling said in an email to Patch. She said Friday in a news release that while she was initially excited when she first saw the new district, with the upcoming endorsing convention, she decided not to move forward with a re-election bid. She faced no serious challenge in the upcoming election. “It’s been an honor to serve this area, and I’ve…
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Sen. Claire Robling and Rep. Mike Beard will provide the update and take questions.
The Shakopee Chamber of Commerce will host a legislative update from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at AmericInn Lodge & Suites in Shakopee. Current elected officials from District 35, Sen. Claire Robling and Rep. Mike Beard, will provide a legislative update and take questions. The panel is open to the public and breakfast will be served. The cost is $30 for non-members and $20 for members. Space will fill up quickly so register soon. Visit shakopee.org for additional information. Contact Emily Strom with questions or to register for this event at (952) 455-1660 or email@example.com.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
The racino proposal, attached to a minor education bill Friday, passed on a bipartisan 10-4 vote in the Senate Finance Committee, according to a Star Tribune report.
Racino, already voted down this year in a different Senate panel, returned in a friendlier committee with a popular purpose and a powerful patron Friday, according to a Star Tribune report. Sponsored by Senate finance chair Claire Robling (R-Jordan), a racino amendment was attached to an education bill to accelerate repayment of last year's $750 million school aid payment delay, a.k.a. "the shift." Another bill to speed the shift's repayment has cleared more legislative hurdles. But it would draw down about half of the state's skimpy reserve funds, and that's not likely to win Gov. Mark Dayton's favor, the report said. Robling has talked all session about using a portion of Racino funds to pay back the educational shift. Racino backers …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Although Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke testified in favor of the bill, it went to a vote and failed 8-5, according to a report by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Although Sen. Claire Robling (R-Jordan) said in her recent e-newsletter she was hoping for a positive outcome from Monday's senate committee hearing on a racino bill, her hopes must have been at least slightly dashed when it went to a vote and failed 8-5, according to a report by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Majority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, sponsor of the bill, told the Pioneer Press afterward the defeat does not mean the issue is dead this session. "Racino is part of the Capitol fabric," he said. "It'll stand as long as this building stands." Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke, who testified during the hearing, said today in a tweet he was "very glad to have had the opportunity to testify in favor of Racino to the MB Senate." The Shakopee …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Most of Shakopee falls into new House District 55A with Jackson and Louisville Townships.
Shakopee and Prior Lake will be split legislatively in the redrawn districting maps released Tuesday by a Minnesota Supreme Court-appointed panel. Shakopee will shift from House District 35A to House District 55A, which also includes Jackson and Louisville Townships. The most southern section of Shakopee will now be included in House District 55B with Prior Lake, Jordan and several townships. Even with the boundary changes and new districting names, State Rep. Michael Beard (R-Shakopee) and Sen. Claire Robling (R-Jordan) will retain much of their former territories. One person who appears excited by the redistricting is Chuck Berg, who has declared his intent to run for Beard's seat. "That's perfect... Home!" he wrote on Facebook Tuesday …
Friday, February 3, 2012
Governor: "We're going to keep pushing on this."
Gov. Mark Dayton, who spent part of Friday afternoon in Shakopee, threw his support behind a four-lane flood-mitigation bridge on Highway 101. “I think a four-lane bridge makes a lot of sense,” he said, referring to an estimate presented which put the cost at only $6 million more than a $31 million two-lane bridge. “Let’s do it right.” He then joked that his opinion is “more or less irrelevant” because he isn’t the transportation commissioner, drawing laughs from the approximately 50 local and state officials and others at the Scott County Law Enforcement Center. Officials have been working to elevate the Highway 101 bridge for years because flooding of the Minnesota River has closed it three times in the past two years. Trends show that …