Happenings Friday at the Minnesota Capitol:
Jurisdiction over mosquitoes on state land in the Twin Cities has turned into a bitter battle between the Metropolitan Mosquito Control Commission and the Department of Natural Resources.
A bill sponsored by Sen. Bob Lessard, DFL-International Falls, would require mosquito controllers to get permission before killing mosquitoes or their larvae on DNR lands in the seven-county area.
Mosquito Control Commission members said residents near DNR lands have complained in the past about too many mosquitoes.
The committee endorsed the bill and sent it to the Senate Local and Metropolitan Government Committee.
Legislation inspired by Katie Poirier's abduction advanced in the Senate in the Crime Prevention and Judiciary Budget Division.
The bill would make failure to register with the state a felony and would increase the amount of information sex offenders need to provide.
In a series of tight roll call votes, the committee decided to give judges some discretion instead of imposing a mandatory prison term for sex offenders who break registration laws.
House Republicans adjusted their attack on light-rail transit.
House Majority Leader Tim Pawlenty, R-Eagan, announced that GOP leaders would push to put the light-rail issue to voters in November through a constitutional amendment or referendum.
Already, House Republicans have said they will try to repeal most of the $100 million the Legislature authorized for the line that would connect Minneapolis and Bloomington. Some GOP lawmakers are suing to stop the project because they believe it will cost more than its worth.
A bill to establish havens for unwanted newborns is headed to the Senate for a vote.
The bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, the final committee stop. It would require all hospitals to accept unwanted and unharmed newborns up to 3 days old without asking questions of the mother.
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