Week in Review: Jan. 30 – Feb. 3By HPIS Staff
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
A place to turn in times of crises just a call — or text — away
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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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.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
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 on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
The budget process explained — and why it matters
$45 billion plan is about a 10 percent increase over current biennium
Governor urges lawmakers to pass a big capital investment bill during budget-setting year; House Speaker has expressed doubt over bonding this session
It was a day of selfies, swearings-in and standing ovations as the House opened the 2017-18 biennial session Tuesday.