Arguably, the week’s biggest story from the House came at its final committee hearing.
In front of a packed and, at times, raucous hearing room — and after four-plus hours of testimony — the House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee approved a bill Thursday night that would ban actions by local units of government to put in place their own laws governing private employment.
Other issues addressed during the week include: special education expenses, suicide prevention, student loan tax credits, oil train derailment preparedness, the economic impact of amateur sports, and state commissioner severance pay.
Before looking ahead to next week, which is scheduled to include a legislative auditor’s report on the use of publicly-owned suites at U.S. Bank Stadium, nominations to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents and more reviews of the governor’s budget proposal, let’s take a look at what you may have missed this week.
New program has registered thousands of cottage food producers
MPR wants $200,000 more from state for biennium
House passes technical updates to nonprofit laws
Real property statute technical overhaul passed by House
Career and Technical Education licensure changes proposed
Statewide special education expense averages rise, committee hears
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Environment committee receives base budget briefing
Longstanding objections to state-owned lands reemerge
Lessard–Sams council seeks funding for outdoor resource projects
Minnesota Index: DNR – Division of Resources
Tax credits pitched as salve for parental leave outlays
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Bill would change ‘spenddown’ limit before Medical Assistance kicks in
Dayton’s budget proposal to extend benefit coverage for young foster children
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Improvements proposed to 2015 nursing facility payment reforms
Hearing-impaired Minnesotans seek to have needs considered in new buildings
Student loan tax credit proposed for 2017
Student debt program will look to continue past efforts
Seeking to avoid “patchwork,” committee OKs bill to bar local employment laws
Cities would need more public input on development plans
Townships caught in Catch-22 could get reprieve
MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS
Veterans groups look for property tax breaks
Bill to protect veterans from bad loans gets division approval
Report: Minnesota becoming better prepared for oil train incident
Inmate mental health treatment costs coming up short
Starting Line: Bill says ‘thank you’ to first responders
Public safety officials tout accomplishments in overview
Amateur sports activities an economic boost to state, committee hears
‘Solving inside problems from the outside’ to be new tech committee’s calling
House panel moves to rein in commissioner severance pay
Tax credit seen as essential to growing state’s high-tech industry
Small town fights off decline, seeks construction tax break
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