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'Starting Line': Open captioning on all televisions in public
By HPIS Staff
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.

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Water management provisions added to drainage law
By Charley Shaw

Drainage authorities will be required to consider alternative types of water management criteria for drainage projects.

New law makes technical corrections to DHS funding
By Andrea Parrott

The law moves a $200,000 grant for a project to help formerly incarcerated adults into its intended category under “Child and Economic Support Grants.”

Housing ‘Unsession’ bill signed into law
By Andrea Parrott

Old programs and outdated language relating to the Housing Finance Agency will move out of state statute.

Farmers markets, chili cook-offs will have specific food safety regulations
By Charley Shaw

State food inspection law has been changed to specifically regulate farmers markets. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Barrett (R-Lindstrom) and Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick), the new ...

Pension subsidies pass the House
By Charley Shaw

The bill includes several provisions aimed at shoring up unfunded liabilities for public pensions.

Veterans’ Voices Month proposal passed by House
By Mike Cook

October could be designated as Veterans’ Voices Month to heighten awareness of veterans in the state.

Studies proposed to address veterans housing
By Mike Cook

Bill would appropriate $250,000 for up to five grants to conduct a housing needs assessment for veterans.

House steps to the plate for wounded vets on motorcycles
By Jonathan Avise

Passed by House, bill to establish a wounded combat veteran motorcycle license plate now moves to the Senate.

House OKs relief for crowded stretch of interstate
By Jonathan Avise

Bill would require MnDOT to install a third general purpose lane on a two-lane stretch of Interstate 494 between State Highway 55 and Interstate 394 as part of ongoing project.

Minimum wage increase passes House, governor to sign Monday
By Sonja Hegman

Nearly 360,000 low-wage workers would see more money in their paychecks starting Aug. 1. Governor says he will sign the measure into law Monday.

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Luring owls might not be so wise in Minnesota
By Charley Shaw

The recent winter brought record numbers of snowy owls swooping into Minnesota. But some photographers go too far when they lure the birds with food for a close up.

Starting Line: Dentists delivering flu shots?
By HPIS Staff

HF2581 would allow licensed dentists to administer flu vaccinations if they have immediate access to emergency response equipment and have received training on how to give the shot.

House supports removal of gift ban exception
By Andrea Parrott

Free food and beverages for legislators under a provision added in 2013 to the state’s gift ban law may no longer count as an exception.

Dayton’s budget provides more tax relief
By Charley Shaw

Dayton is proposing $616 million in tax relief following economic forecast that projected a $408 million increase in the General Fund surplus.

New plans approved to combat synthetic drug use
By Mike Cook

House committee approves a series of proposals to combat a newer drug problem in Minnesota.

State budget surplus grows by $408 million
By Charley Shaw

State lawmakers now have an extra $1.23 billion to spend for the current 2014-2015 biennium that ends June 30, 2015.

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