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Mediation ends 'abruptly'; legislative funding remains in question
By Mike Cook

Mediation aimed at getting legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton to agree on funding House and Senate activity ended Friday. “After the parties extended significant efforts and exchanged proposals through a full day of mediation on the 21st...

Lawmakers, registrars sound off on rollout of new motor vehicle licensing system
By Jonathan Avise

House lawmakers on Monday heard from Minnesotans exasperated by this summer’s rocky rollout of the state’s new computer system for managing motor vehicle licensing that has left licensing agents frustrated and seeking help from legislators. Kn...

Mediation ordered to work out legislative, gubernatorial funding dispute
By Mike Cook

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.

2017 state fair poll results
By HPIS Staff

The cheese curds have been eaten, cookies consumed and Pronto Pups polished off. And, with the 2017 Minnesota State Fair in the rearview mirror, results of the informal, unscientific Minnesota House state fair poll are available online. More t...

Minnesota Supreme Court takes up legislative funding battle
By Jonathan Avise

The state’s highest court on Monday heard oral arguments in the case of Gov. Mark Dayton’s appeal of a lower court ruling last month that found his line-item veto of Legislative funding violated the state constitution.

Judge rules Dayton’s veto of Legislative funding violated constitution
By Jonathan Avise

(Updated 3:19 p.m.) A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution, a victory for House and Senate leaders who had filed suit in an effort to have the ma...

New laws on tap for July 1 include long-awaited Sunday sales
By HPIS Staff

It took a special session, but the state government is funded for the 2018-19 biennium. The fiscal year begins July 1, so most provisions in the funding bills signed by Gov. Mark Dayton take effect Saturday. Also on tap July 1: Sunday sa...

Judge OKs legislative funding for 90 days
By Ricky Campbell

A Ramsey County judge has given the go-ahead for the House and Senate to remain operational until Oct. 1 while the two chambers’ funding remains in legal limbo with a pending lawsuit against Gov. Mark Dayton.

Dayton, legislative leaders have their day in court over funding issue
By Jonathan Mohr

Lawyers for Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders met in a Ramsey County court Monday to argue the merits of a lawsuit over the governor’s May line-item veto of money meant fund the House and Senate for the next two years.

Legislative leaders will sue governor over line-item veto
By Ricky Campbell

Leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature are moving forward with their lawsuit against DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, believing the courts will settle a constitutional battle between the two branches of government after the governor line-item vetoe...

Governor still hopeful negotiations can solve legislative funding fight
By Jonathan Avise

Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday he remains hopeful his dispute with Republican legislative leaders over funding for the House and Senate can be solved at the negotiating table, rather than the courtroom. House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) and Sen...

House, Senate head toward lawsuit over governor's legislative funding veto
By Jonathan Avise

See you in court. That was the message Friday from Republican House and Senate leadership in approving a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed...

Dayton signs budget bills into law, but showdown with lawmakers continues
By Jonathan Avise

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday he would sign into law nine budget bills that make up the state’s $46 billion, two-year budget, and would allow a $650 million tax bill to become law without his signature. But Dayton also line-item vetoe...

Weary lawmakers pass final budget bills, wrap 2017 special session
By Mike Cook

Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.

Lawmakers pass bonding bill to close out special session
By Mike Cook

With all other omnibus budget bills agreed to, the House wrapped up the special session early Friday morning by agreeing to put nearly $1 billion on the state’s credit card. Sponsored by Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City), HF5, as amended, calls ...

Lawmakers send governor bill to fund state government
By Mike Cook

Lawmakers late Thursday night OK’d the appropriations needed to fund state government agencies, veterans’ services, constitutional offices and the Legislature. The $1.07 billion package is $98.8 million more than a state government finance bil...

Despite veto threats, House passes mixed-bag uniform labor bill
By Ricky Campbell

Pleading for brevity as the Legislature entered its third day of a deadline-neglecting special session, Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) said his uniform state labor standards bill was predestined for failure. Fifty minutes later, the House passed...

House repasses tax bill amended with extended Super Bowl bar hours
By Lee Ann Schutz

The omnibus tax bill, including a few extra hours for Super Bowl revelry, is headed to the governor. In a 95-29 vote Thursday, HF1 was repassed with a Senate amendment that would allow 4 a.m. bar closing around the days when the 2018 Super Bow...

With self-imposed deadline gone, Legislature still piecing together budget
By Ricky Campbell

When Gov. Mark Dayton, a DFLer, and Republican leaders House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa) announced they had reached a budget agreement with 15 minutes left in the 2017 legislative session, but wa...

House again OKs transportation plan heavy on borrowing, General Funds shifts
By Jonathan Avise

The House passed another omnibus transportation finance bill Wednesday that would rely on General Fund dollars to boost road and bridge spending. The $5.9 billion, two-year transportation funding bill passed on a 74-54 vote proposes to shift $...

A hostile start to special session sees two omnibus bills passed before 7 a.m. deadline
By Mike Cook

One night of overtime was not nearly enough for the Legislature to complete its crafting of a 2018-19 biennial state budget. In an overnight session featuring hostility between some members of opposite parties and an oftentimes less-than-posit...

Compromise education bill passed by House in special session
By Nick Longworth

After weeks of negotiations over the best approach to reduce the achievement gap, lawmakers passed a compromise bill early Wednesday that they believe Gov. Mark Dayton would ultimately sign. The result is a proposal that increases overall educ...

‘Bipartisan,’ trimmed down special session tax bill gets House approval
By Lee Ann Schutz

Called the largest tax relief package in 20 years, end-of-session negotiations produced a tentative agreement between leadership and the governor calling for $650 million in tax relief over the 2017-18 biennium.

Legislative leaders expect special session to last through the night
By Mike Cook

One overtime may not be enough for the Legislature to complete its crafting of a biennial state budget. When Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders announced the need for a special session late Monday, the agreement was for it to finish by 7...

Governor, legislative leaders agree on special session to finish work
By Ricky Campbell

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders announced shortly before the curtain closed on the 2017 legislative session that they had reached an overall budget agreement, but it will take a special session to finish the job. As the...

House, Senate pass LCCMR conference committee report
By Jonathan Mohr

The House and Senate voted late Monday to pass the LCCMR conference committee report, which would appropriate more than $64 million in lottery proceeds for projects that benefit the environment and natural resources. Sponsored by Rep. Josh Hei...

Midnight — and end of session — nears with most of budget left unfinished
By Ricky Campbell

(Updated: 8:25 p.m.) With mere hours left before the Legislature’s constitutionally mandated adjournment of midnight Monday, major pieces of the two-year $46 billion budget remain untouched. The House and Senate passed the omnibus judiciar...

More court funding, no protestor measure in judiciary and public safety agreement
By Mike Cook

Additional dollars for the judiciary, tweaked language regarding the Appleton prison, and rulemaking related to driver’s licenses for undocumented residents are three of the high-profile items in the final version of the omnibus judiciary and public safety bill.

Recrafted jobs, economic development bill heads to governor
By Lee Ann Schutz

The state’s economic development and commerce departments fared financially better in the second go-around of the omnibus job growth and energy affordability finance bill. Sponsored by Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) and Sen. Jeremy Miller (R...

House takes second swing at omnibus environment bill
By Jonathan Mohr

Higher fees for hunting and fishing licenses are in and major changes to the buffer law are out as the House voted 83-51 to pass the omnibus environment and natural resources finance conference committee report late Sunday night. Passed 42-25 ...

House repasses $529 million Legacy bill
By Jonathan Mohr

The House and Senate each voted late Sunday to repass a conference committee report on an omnibus Legacy finance bill that would appropriate $529.56 million during the upcoming biennium. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) and Sen. Carr...

House, Senate send governor a second try at omnibus higher ed bill
By Nick Longworth

Conferees adopted a conference committee report for HF2080/SF943*, sponsored by Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls) and Senate President Michelle Fischbach (R-Paynesville). The bill now heads to the Senate where action is expected later in the day.

House OKs omnibus elections bill with uniform special-election days
By Chris Steller

Having local special elections take place on only five calendar days throughout the calendar year is one provision of the omnibus elections bill passed by the House Sunday. In most cases, a special election held in a city, town or school distr...

Renewed agriculture conference committee report passed by House
By Mike Cook

The omnibus agriculture bill was the first passed by the House as members began late Saturday night to move a second set of budgets to Gov. Mark Dayton. Sponsored by Rep. Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake) and Sen. Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake), t...

New wireless technology using public property gets House approval
By Ricky Campbell

Hoping to pave the way for the newest advances in wireless technology, the House on Saturday passed a bill that would establish the framework for companies building 5G infrastructure on local government and Metropolitan Council property. HF739...

No signs of movement at Capitol as clock ticks toward adjournment
By Ricky Campbell

(UPDATED AT 11:32 p.m.) A wet, cold Saturday might have put a damper on some Minnesotans’ plans, but under the Capitol dome the legislative wheels kept turning, albeit slowly, as the Republican-controlled House and Senate worked toward finaliz...

Legislature to move forward with budget bills — without governor's agreement
By Ricky Campbell

The Legislature will move ahead with passing renewed budget bills, Republican leaders announced Friday, hoping to wade through the arduous task of assembling conference committees, approving reports, negotiating with the administration and passing...

Curbs on geotracking by ignition interlock devices go to governor
By Chris Steller

A bill that would sharply limit the use of geolocation tracking with ignition interlock devices has gained provisions related to other topics. The House re-passed HF170*/ SF347, as amended by the Senate, 129-0 Friday. The bill now goes to Gov....

Work conditions of human services employees gets House attention
By Tory Cooney

The House passed a bill, as amended, Friday that would make technical changes and clarifications to a wide range of human services statutes by a 130-0 vote. Policy provisions addressed in HF696/SF359*, sponsored by Rep. Dave Baker (R-Willmar) ...

House votes to honor fallen firefighter
By Jonathan Avise

A stretch of state highway in Isanti County could honor a volunteer firefighter who lost his life on the job. The House on Friday passed HF1636/SF1564*, sponsored by Rep. Brian Johnson (R-Cambridge) and Sen. Mark Koran (R-North Branch), that w...

Trespasser bill minus amendments gets rerun in House
By Chris Steller

The House repassed a bill Thursday that would prevent, in most cases, landowners from owing a “duty of care” to trespassers. Rep. Dan Fabian (R-Roseau), who sponsors HF985*/SF1196 with Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove), said repassage would r...

House tweaks measure for posting ordinance changes online
By Chris Steller

The House renewed its approval Thursday for a measure that would require cities that post ordinances online to post proposed ordinance changes using that method. Sponsored by Rep. Chris Swedzinski (R-Ghent) and Sen. Andrew Mathews (R-Milaca), ...

Budget talks at impasse over 'halfway' with session's finish line fast approaching
By Ricky Campbell

Amid a self-proclaimed budget impasse, administration officials and a House Republican leader traded barbs Thursday over the definition of “halfway” in spending targets as the legislative session barrels toward a midnight Monday deadline. Minn...

With Super Bowl approaching, House passes changes to liquor laws
By Ricky Campbell

A harbinger to the thousands of football enthusiasts expected to flood into Minneapolis for next year’s Super Bowl game, HF68/SF444*, sponsored by Rep. Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska) and Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls), would make numerous changes to the ...

Lottery proceeds for LCCMR projects gets House approval
By Jonathan Mohr

The House voted 82-52 Thursday to pass a bill that would appropriate nearly $60 million in lottery proceeds for the state’s environment and natural resources, despite objections it does not include a number of projects recommended by the commissio...

Attorneys filing ‘drive-by’ actions catch attention of the House
By Chris Steller

People planning a lawsuit alleging an architectural barrier violates the rights of people with disabilities would first have to file a notice giving the business or place of public accommodation at least 60 days to remove the barrier. That pro...

'Halfway' offer could change direction of budget talks
By Jonathan Mohr

Budget negotiations between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders changed directions Wednesday evening with a “Meet Half Way” offer from the administration that would split the projected $1.5 billion surplus for the sides to spend on...

Framework for new cell phone technology viewed as 'new era' of service
By Chris Steller

The “amazing” 5G cell phone technology offers data speeds as much as 100 times faster than current 4G service, said Rep. Marion O’Neill (R-Maple Lake), who sponsors HF739 that she says would help usher in a new era for business and communication w...

House, Senate overwhelmingly repass Real ID bill
By Chris Steller

(UPDATED at 6:39 p.m. with Senate action) What a difference the better part of a decade makes when it comes to legislation that would make Minnesota comply with the federal Real ID Act of 2005 to institute higher standards of security and data...

Capital investment bill fails to garner enough House votes to pass
By Mike Cook

The Legislature may go two straight years without a bonding bill. That was the warning from Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City), just before the House voted down an $800 million proposal. The vote was 70-62 for a delete-all amendment to HF575;...

Tax policy bill establishes tax preparer penalties for improper behavior
By Lee Ann Schutz

The Department of Revenue at times proposes policy changes and additions to help them better implement existing tax code. This year’s department policy proposals are contained in HF1227, sponsored by Rep. Greg Davids (R-Preston). Generally non...

Sudden changes in prescription availability can throw treatment off-course, House panel hears
By Tory Cooney

For some people, getting a much-needed prescription filled isn’t always as simple as getting it from their doctor and taking it to a pharmacy. For many, it can become a painful and arduous battle to gain prior authorization, Rep. Rod Hamilton (R-M...

Real ID conferees adopt report; House, Senate votes expected Wednesday
By Chris Steller

Minnesotans might not have problems boarding commercial aircraft in 2018 with a state-issued ID after the conference committee on the Real ID compliance bill unanimously adopted its report Tuesday. Rep. Dennis Smith (R-Maple Grove), who sponso...

Ways and means committee OKs larger bonding bill; package heads to Floor
By Mike Cook

When the House Capital Investment Committee approved a $600 million bonding proposal almost two weeks ago on a split voice vote, many DFLers could be heard voting against the plan. The total has since increased to $800 million, an amount calle...

Governor, Legislature exchange offers as budget talks resume
By Jonathan Mohr

(Updated 6:33 p.m.) Budget talks between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders resumed Tuesday with the governor offering additional tax cuts and proposing a fee increase to fund transportation projects, while Republicans lowered their posi...

Overhaul of the state's teacher licensure system passes House
By Ricky Campbell

Seeking solutions for a licensure system that opponents allege has stymied the supply of qualified teachers for years, legislators have crafted a proposal they feel will not only help replenish the supply of qualified candidates entering the profe...

Committee advances omnibus retirement bill
By Chris Steller

The omnibus retirement bill is in a “continuous state of flux.” That’s according to the sponsor, Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell), who shepherded HF565 to another committee approval Tuesday. The House State Government Finance Committee gave...

Cities, towns could see restrictions lifted on unspent state funds
By Chris Steller

Cities and other local governments could get a one-time opportunity to put Minnesota Investment Fund money toward retail stores, sports arenas or casinos. Those uses are now prohibited from receiving local loans through the fund. But HF1620/SF...

Dayton vetoes five more omnibus bills; budget back to square one
By HPIS Staff

Legislators arrived at the State Capitol on Tuesday with seven days to put together an entire state budget for the 2018-19 biennium before they must constitutionally adjourn. As promised, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed five omnibus budget bills sent ...

House repasses omnibus jobs and energy bill
By Chris Steller

A 213-page conference committee report covering economic development, commerce, energy and other areas won House and Senate approval Monday. The House re-passed HF2209/SF1937*, the omnibus jobs and energy bill, 75-54; the Senate 34-30. Sponsor...

Omnibus public safety bill heads to governor where veto expected
By Mike Cook

On the first day of National Police Week, a plan to fund the Public Safety and Corrections departments along with the state’s judiciary received legislative approval Monday — National Peace Officers Memorial Day — but it is expected to be vetoed b...

House repasses $3.2 billion omnibus higher education finance bill
By Tory Cooney

The House re-passed the $3.2 billion omnibus higher education finance bill 75-54 Monday, with supporters saying it would increase funding to institutions and curb tuition costs. Sponsored by Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls) and Senate Presiden...

‘Gender violence,’ cultural tradition collide in bill that passes House
By Tory Cooney

The House passed a bill, as amended, 124-4 Monday that would make it a felony for parents to allow their daughters to undergo female genital mutilation. “Little girls have the right and the opportunity … to be free from oppression. And that … ...

Punch-out time for high schoolers would be 11 p.m., House proposes
By Ricky Campbell

The House on Monday passed a bill 105-21 that would update certain labor laws by removing outdated language, adding new provisions to combative sports regulations and changing employment hours for high school students. Rep. Jason Rarick (R-Pin...

Minnesota Index: House members’ hometowns
By Chris Steller

House members, from Territorial House of 1849 to today              4,359 Of 3,849 with listed birth countries, House members born outside of the United States  885 Number born in Norway               225                 Canada 139 ...

House would limit GPS tracking of ignition-interlock participants
By Chris Steller

News last fall that some ignition interlock devices were tracking the locations of program participants didn’t sit right with Rep. Peggy Scott (R-Andover). “There wasn’t enough sunshine on the process,” said Scott, who sponsors HF179, which, i...

Amendment to scrap growler sale expansion tables liquor bill
By Ricky Campbell

The House on Monday tabled a vote on the omnibus liquor bill after a divided chamber approved an amendment removing a sought-after expansion to growler sales for local breweries. Sponsored by Rep. Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska) and Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Re...

Week in Review: May 8-12
By HPIS Staff

Like many collegians with term papers due, legislators and the governor need to finish their most high-profile assignment with just a little time left: putting together a state budget for the 2018-19 biennium that totals somewhere in the $45 billi...

Omnibus retirement bill aims to stabilize public pension plans
By Chris Steller

The omnibus retirement bill covering several groups of public employees in Minnesota cleared its first hurdle Friday when the House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee approved HF565 on a divided voice vote, sending it to the Hous...

Dayton follows through on promise, vetoes five omnibus budget bills
By Jonathan Mohr

Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed five omnibus budget bills Friday, outlining objections that included funding shortfalls during a time of surplus and controversial policy provisions in a series of veto letters and urging the Legislature to continue its wor...

Rules that hike home construction costs could get legislative review
By Chris Steller

Administrative rules that can increase the cost of building or remodeling a unit of residential housing by $1,000 or more may need to be brought to the attention of the Legislature, where committees with purview over the rules could require they g...

Maximum weight for milk trucks would increase under bill given House OK
By Jonathan Avise

One Greater Minnesota lawmaker says fines against dairy producers for overweight transport trucks isn’t a case of crying over spilled milk — it’s hurting some of those in the state’s agriculture industry. Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa) spon...

Evening hours may not be required of county license bureaus
By Chris Steller

People who staff county license bureaus could get all their evenings back. Along with dropping a mandate bureaus stay open for three hours after 5 p.m. or on Saturday, HF1519/ SF1399* would require the offices to be open 40 hours per week. ...

House acts to limit or ban payouts to departing admin officials
By Chris Steller

New restrictions or banning could be forthcoming on severance pay for executive branch employees who leave state service. The House passed HF399, sponsored by Rep. Sarah Anderson (R-Plymouth), 102-20 Friday. The bill now goes to the Senate, wh...

Tampering with cop car could become a felony crime
By Mike Cook

In the past year, Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center) said there have been an increasing number of instances across the country, including ones with the Minnesota State Patrol and St. Paul Police Department, where someone has meddled with a public...

Telemedicine defined in bill headed for governor
By Tory Cooney

The House voted 127-0 Thursday to define telemedicine and specify that health care providers working with patients remotely are subject to the same professional standards as those working with patients in person. HF1314/SF1353*, sponsored by R...

Technical change could clarify protection of some medical titles
By Tory Cooney

The House passed a technical bill to clarify the protection of titles for professionals licensed by the Board of Medical Practice – which includes medical doctors, doctors of osteopathic medicine, physicians and surgeons – 127-0 Thursday. HF64...

APRNs could be required to complete graduate courses for licensing
By Tory Cooney

The House passed a bill 127-0 Thursday that would modify licensing requirements for advance practice registered nurses, to require graduate-level coursework. Sponsored by Rep. Barb Haley (R-Red Wing) and Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake), HF733...

House sends governor bill to allow medical assistants to perform more duties
By Tory Cooney

Some “outdated” statutes that limit the performance of certain tasks to physicians need to be extended to advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants, Rep. Nick Zerwas (R-Elk River) said. He and Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake...

Gov. Dayton to veto budget bills, resume negotiations next week
By Jonathan Mohr

Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday he will veto the five budget bills he’s so far received from the Legislature but expects face-to-face negotiations with legislative leaders to resume Monday. His remarks came during a press briefing where he indi...

Transportation bill with boost in highway dollars — and without deep transit cuts — heads to Senate
By Jonathan Avise

Road and bridge funding remain the emphasis of a $5.9 billion, two-year omnibus transportation bill that underwent big changes in conference committee and was repassed Wednesday by the House. But, despite the elimination of deep cuts to Twin C...

Tax bill conference committee report passed by House, heads to Senate
By Jonathan Mohr

The House voted 76-57 Wednesday to pass the conference committee report on the omnibus tax bill, sending it to the Senate for consideration. Sponsored by Rep. Greg Davids (R-Preston) and Sen. Roger Chamberlain (R-Lino Lakes), the nearly $1.13 ...

Amended housing moratorium restrictions get House OK, go to governor
By Chris Steller

Proposed restrictions on cities seeking to put residential development projects under an interim ordinance, also known as a moratorium, are headed to the governor’s desk. The House repassed HF330 for the second time Wednesday on a 90-41 vote. ...

House re-passes bill to help physicians practice in other states
By Tory Cooney

The House repassed a bill Wednesday, as amended by the Senate, which is intended to make it easier for physicians to receive expedited licenses in some other states. Following the 130-1 vote, HF474*/SF300, sponsored by Rep. Tony Albright (R-Pr...

House votes to require state strategic plan to end spread of HIV/AIDS
By Tory Cooney

With nearly 300 new HIV infections identified in Minnesota each year, Rep. Keith Franke (R-St. Paul Park) believes the state needs to develop a coordinated approach to ending the spread of the disease. He sponsors HF2047 that would have the He...

Limits for Medical Assistance estate recovery may be updated
By Tory Cooney

House approval was given to a bill that would allow Medical Assistance estate recovery only for expenses obtained through long-term services and supports pending on or after July 1, 2016, and the estates of those who died on or after that date.

Omnibus lands bill receives overwhelming House support
By Jonathan Mohr

The omnibus lands bill that would authorize the sale and exchange of certain state land parcels was passed by the House 131-0 Wednesday. Sponsored by Rep. Dale Lueck (R-Aitkin) and Sen. Carrie Ruud (R-Breezy Point), HF1451/SF1124* was passed b...

House passes eye drop prescription refill mandate for health plans
By Ricky Campbell

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would require health plans that cover prescription eye drops to also cover refills for those eye drops. Sponsored by Rep. Tony Albright (R-Prior Lake) and Sen. Karin Housley (R-St. Marys Point), HF1203/SF...

House approves $35K in medical claims for eight injured people
By Ricky Campbell

Eight individuals would receive a combined $35,264 under a bill passed Wednesday by the House. Sponsored by Rep. Duane Quam (R-Byron), HF2287, the annual claims bill, would allocate money from the General Fund to the Department of Corrections ...

House passes update to individual item retail price labeling
By Ricky Campbell

Affixing individual pricing labels to things like groceries wouldn’t be required any longer, under a bill passed 130-0 Wednesday by the House. Sponsored by Rep. Greg Davids (R-Preston) and Sen. Mark Koran (R-North Branch), HF2096/SF2008* would...

Changes to CNA training reimbursement could increase access
By Tory Cooney

Under current law, nursing homes reimburse certified nursing assistants for some expenses related to their training and evaluation, even if the cost is covered by another entity. HF1400 would update the law to require nursing facilities to dir...

Health Department official updates House committee on measles outbreak
By Tory Cooney

More than 50 cases of measles have been reported in Minnesota this spring, mostly amongst young children, making it the worst outbreak of the disease since 1990, Kristen Ehresmann, director of infectious disease epidemiology, prevention and contro...

Omnibus health and human services bill heads for Dayton's desk
By Tory Cooney

The House repassed the omnibus health and human services bill in a 76-56 vote Tuesday night. Sponsored by Rep. Matt Dean (R-Dellwood) and Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake), HF945/ SF800* would cut $482.44 million from projected state spending ...

State government budget bill repasses House
By Ricky Campbell

The House on Tuesday repassed a $973.5 million spending bill that funds most executive branch agencies, the Legislature and constitutional offices, sending it to Gov. Mark Dayton, who said he would veto it. Passed 75-56 shortly after the Senat...

Agriculture omnibus finance bill repassed by House
By Jonathan Mohr

The omnibus agriculture finance bill — initially passed in the House without a vote against it — was repassed by the House 77-53 Tuesday. A 10-member conference committee reached agreement on a final version of the legislation Monday evening. ...

Education finance bill moves to Senate after House repassage
By Lee Ann Schutz

The House repassed HF890*/SF718 Tuesday, the conferred omnibus education finance bill, in a 72-59 vote. Sponsored by Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), the bill now moves to the Senate with Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) as the sponsor. ...

House votes to honor soldiers’ sacrifice with highway designations
By Jonathan Avise

House lawmakers voted Tuesday to rename two stretches of Minnesota highway after fallen soldiers. HF326, passed on a unanimous 134-0 vote, would rename a segment of state Highway 23 in Paynesville the “Medal of Honor Recipient Kenneth L. Olson...

House votes to repass omnibus environment bill
By Jonathan Mohr

The House voted to repass the omnibus environment and natural resources policy and finance bill Tuesday despite procedural objections and criticism it doesn’t provide enough funding or do enough to protect the environment or natural resources.

Full House backs Revisor’s fixes
By Chris Steller

No one has voted against the 2017 edition of the Revisor’s bill. Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk is the next stop for the annual, non-controversial legislation, after the House passed it by a unanimous vote of 134-0 Tuesday. The Senate passed HF1840/ ...

State government finance conferees sign report, bill now primed for floor action
By Ricky Campbell

Still including major reductions to current spending levels, the conference committee for the omnibus state government finance bill finalized its report late Monday night, making it available for action on the floor. Sponsored by Rep. Sarah An...

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