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'Starting Line': Open captioning on all televisions in public

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, making it the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease.

Rep. Jerry Newton (DFL-Coon Rapids) sponsors a bill that would provide some assistance to this significant community.

Under his bill, HF1921, televisions or other audiovisual displays in public places that are capable of captioning would be required to do so when providing information or entertainment to the public.

The bill would also require that whenever a public place acquired a new television, it would be required to get one with high-contrast captioning capability.

While Rep. Newton says HF1921 will benefit the deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing community, he said everyone can benefit from this bill.

HF1921 is our Starting Line bill for this week. Watch it here

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Event Schedule

Passover/Easter Break
Friday, April 11 2014 8:00 AM
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The Legislature is on a Passover/Easter break April 11-21.
Official House business may begin Tuesday, April 22 at 8:15 a.m.

APRIL 22 - House floor session
Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:00 PM
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CALENDAR FOR THE DAY.
HF2834 (Hortman) Omnibus Energy bill.
HF2213 (Hortman) Small servicer definition amended, and Foreclosure Curative Act clarified.
HF2660 (Hortman) Forma pauperis party proceeding partial payment or reimbursement of costs amended.
HF2479 (Hilstrom) Housing courts and housing calendars allowed to use referees almost exclusively for lanflord and tenant cases.
HF2392 (Hornstein) State agencies; cleaner fuel-powered motor vehicles purchase barriers eliminated.
HF1981 (Ward, J.E.) Snow removal authority in uncompleted subdivisions sunset eliminated.
SF2076 (Hansen) Dakota County local government plan adoption.
HF3084 (Bernardy) Transportation Department; reporting requirements eliminated; antiquated, unnecessary, redundant, and obsolete provisions eliminated and modernized; and conforming changes made.

APRIL 23 - House floor session *
Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:00 PM
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* The start time for Wednesday's House floor session has not yet been set.
CALENDAR FOR THE DAY.
HF2167 (Lesch) Government data practice application clarified.
HF2995 (Erhardt) Towing order requirements clarified.
SF685 (Hilstrom) Defendant simultaneous competency and civil commitment examinations requirement.
HF2668 (Hilstrom) andidate petitions and ballots; errors and omissions petitioners shall also serve the petition on all candidates for the office in which the error or omission is alleged, raised court seal and notarial act requirements eliminated, court document signatures provided under penalty of perjury, probate alternative service permitted, structured settlement transfer action applicants required to provide information to court, temporary restraining order request hearing provided to be made within 20 days, and application of fine payment to restitution before application to court fines permitted.
SF1725 (Rosenthal) Forensic laboratories accreditation.
HF2605 (Mahoney) Automated property system transaction fee schedule established, state auditor authorized to examine fee schedule, effective dates delayed for automated property system, and reports required.
HF892 (Melin) Uniform Interstate Family Support Act updated.
HF2694 (Lillie) Real estate broker and salesperson regulation modified.
HF2854 (Atkins) Commerce Department and Public Utilities Commission; obsolete, unnecessary, or redundant laws and rules removed, and conforming changes made.

APRIL 30 - Joint convention of the House and Senate / State of the State Address
Wednesday, April 30 2014 6:45 PM
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Joint Convention of the House and Senate prior to Governor Mark Dayton's State of the State Address at 7:00 p.m.

News and Notes


Bill Introductions HF3348

 

Passover/Easter Break

The House will break for Easter/Passover Friday, April 11 through Monday, April 21 when there will be no business conducted. House offices will be closed Friday, April 18.

Official House business can resume at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 22. The House is scheduled to be in session at noon that day.

 

Dates to know

April 11-21 — Easter/Passover break

April 30 — State of the State address (7 p.m.)

May 19 — Constitutional date for adjournment

Nov. 4 — Election Day

Guess Which Member

Do you know which member was a former gymnast and dreams of what it would be like to be a champion ice skater, or which member wouldn’t mind being Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a day? You can find out these interesting factoids and what a member’s legislative priorities by watching our Member Interview series here.

 

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Members won’t seek re-election

Several members of the House have announced they will not seek re-election in 2014. An updated list can be found through this link.

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What now for all those leftover bills?

Thousands of bills were introduced in the House and Senate, but only a small percentage make it to law. So, what happens to the remaining bills? Most sit in limbo, waiting for possible action during the 2014 session. (Read More)

 

 

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