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Working group hears how new federal funds could affect health and human services

The Department of Human Services’ directors of fiscal policy and budget laid out their understanding of how much is coming in from the feds and the guidelines for its use.

Changes to Board of Animal Health, cottage food law included in ag bill that passes House, Senate

A policy-only, compromise omnibus agriculture bill that includes changes to the state's cottage food law has received legislative approval, despite a disagreement over changes to the Board of Animal Health.

HHS conference committee report passes House, Senate

A pared-down, policy-only omnibus health and human services finance bill — still totaling 520 pages — received House support.

Bill to join Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact going to the governor

There’s a shortage of psychologist and mental health providers in Minnesota and one way lawmakers are aiming to address the issue is by joining the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact.

Legislative leaders, governor reach budget deal as regular session draws to a close

The “numbers-only agreement” amounts to a roughly $51.2 billion 2022-23 biennial budget, a $1.3 billion increase over base.

Some state government, elections changes get House, Senate approval

Operating without a budget target, conferees approved a number of mostly technical and conforming policy provisions that address elections and campaign finance, information technology and state government operations.

'Very important work' on redistricting efforts underway in House

The Legislature is given the power to redraw Minnesota’s legislative districts, a task that must to begin this year in the wake of the 2020 census and the upcoming 2022 elections, when all 201 lawmakers will again be on the ballot.

Electricity from waste wood would continue under bill sent to governor

For a small bug, the emerald ash borer is certainly making big changes to the state’s landscape.

Pared-back state claims bill receives House support

Each year, a joint House-Senate Subcommittee on Claims decides which claims against the state it should fund. This year's controversial bill calls for $109,865 in payments i...

HHS conference committee adopts noncontroversial policy proposals, but no final agreement

The omnibus health and human services conference committee has adopted a series of noncontroversial policy proposals, but conferees have yet to reach agreements on funding as th...

Waiting on tax law changes to file your taxes? Don’t, says revenue commissioner

File now, but stay tuned. That’s the advice from Revenue Commissioner Robert Doty, if you haven’t yet filed your income taxes.

Pick your bonding bill: House Ways and Means Committee approves three options

Will there be a bonding bill this session? The debate over whether to help fund a fresh set of construction projects with state bond proceeds has mainly come down to two pos...

Recreational cannabis bill passes House in historic vote

History was made in Minnesota Thursday when, for the first time, a bill to legalize recreational marijuana reached the House floor.

Hortman: 'Very difficult to finish on time' as end of 2021 session nears

The Legislature will almost certainly need a special session to finish its work in 2021. House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) said Wednesday that legislative le...

Tax Day, legislative adjournment converge in PPP and unemployment debate

While the pandemic surged and re-surged across Minnesota over the course of 2020, the federal government instituted several new programs in an attempt to keep the country from having its health emergency compounded by an economic one.

Tax panel talks possible uses for state’s $2.8 billion federal windfall

Everything changed on Monday. As legislators gathered in various conference committees, the looming topic was how soon legislative leaders and the governor would agree to bu...

House OKs bill offering conditional release to inmates who give birth

House sends bill to governor to authorize the Department of Corrections to conditionally release, for up to one year, an inmate who is postpartum and gave birth within eight months of the date of commitment.

Lengthy list of to-do's at Legislature with week left before adjournment

With a week to go before the constitutionally mandated adjournment date, optimism wanes every hour that conference committee budget targets are not agreed to by legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Walz on a roughly $52 billion budget for the upcoming biennium.

Week in Review: May 3-7

Conference committees worked in fits and starts on their omnibus bills this week, doing what they could to lay the groundwork, and find harmony where possible, that will allow t...

Omnibus pension and retirement bill gains committee approval

Sponsored by Rep. Michael Nelson (DFL-Brooklyn Center), HF1758, was amended and approved Friday by the House State Government Finance and Elections Committee.


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