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Proposal would prohibit schools from suspending young elementary students

HF951 would prohibit the suspension or expulsion of a student in kindergarten through grade three except under limited circumstances.

$57 million sought for statewide economic development boost

Keeping Minnesota’s economy strong requires state investment to help businesses expand and create new jobs, and to reinvigorate cities with municipal redevelopment projects, amo...

Crop development program would get $10 million under approved bill

Legislators are considering whether to provide extra funding to a University of Minnesota program that develops new crops, cropping systems and supply chains.

Fire and police station construction could be less taxing

HF1503 would provide a refundable sales tax exemption for all materials, supplies and equipment used in constructing or remodeling a fire or police station owned by a local government, beginning July 1, 2021.

Funding change to crisis stabilization services could improve access to care, lawmaker says

When someone experiences a mental health crisis, they need help. But hospitals aren’t the only option.

Education committee considers extending funding for suicide-prevention training

Sponsored by Rep. Sandra Feist (DFL-New Brighton) HF486, as amended, would appropriate $265,000 in fiscal year 2022 to provide statewide, evidence-based suicide prevention training to teachers and school staff.

Approved bill would provide $55 million annually for homeless families

To help the thousands of Minnesota students and families who experience homelessness, $55 million could be dedicated each year to family homelessness prevention and assistance.

House panel approves funding for Alzheimer’s awareness campaign

HF313 would direct the Department of Health to develop materials and launch a statewide information program to raise awareness of dementia.

Saying local control lacking, Roseville officials push lawmakers for statewide hotel licensing

Sponsored by Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn (DFL-Roseville), HF702 would require hotels to be licensed by the city or town where they operate. Ensuring compliance with state and local laws would be a licensure condition.

Held over bill aims to provide lawyers to public housing tenants facing evictions

Bill would require an eviction complaint to include notice to tenants of public housing that they are entitled to counsel if they cannot afford an attorney.

House panel approves bill that aims to review state tax activity effectiveness, fiscal impact

HF1019 would create a Tax Expenditure Review Commission staffed by the Legislative Budget Office.

Lawmakers consider a boost to funding for program targeted at low-income students pursuing higher education

HF825 would appropriate $1.1 million during the 2022-23 biennium for College Possible, a nonprofit college access organization that supports students from low-income backgrounds.

Barns hosting wedding events could be exempt from sprinkler requirements

The scores of barns-turned-wedding-venues that have popped up in Minnesota could be exempt from sprinkler systems requirements, which owners say cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and do little to improve safety.

Medical Assistance eligibility could be extended for new mothers

Thousands of new moms could receive a full year of coverage through Medical Assistance, under a bill that would expand their eligibility from 60 days to 365 days postpartum.

For Minnesotans with student debt, paying off loans could get a little less expensive

Student debt can seem like a boulder on the shoulders of those who carry it well into their post-school lives. But HF1234 may provide a pickax to chip away at that daunting rock.

Measure excluding COVID-19 relief payments from debt garnishment heads to House Floor

COVID-19 relief checks from the government could not be garnished to pay one’s personal, family or household debts under a proposal headed to the House Floor.

Proposed automatic voter registration moves forward in House

Minnesota led the nation in voter turnout during the 2020 general election with nearly 80% of those eligible casting a ballot.

With call for funds to help rebuild damaged neighborhoods, Walz bonding plan meets resistance from House GOPers

Gov. Tim Walz would like to see Minnesota’s bonding money go toward repairing and rebuilding, with a side order of unlocking federal funds.

More relatives could provide foster care under proposed reforms

HF1287 would remove barriers to kinship placements that disproportionately impact people of color and bring foster home licensing standards more in line with current adoption standards and federal policy.

With state's supply of affordable housing low, lawmakers look to boost MN homebuyers

More state funding could be used over the next 10 years to increase housing options for low- and middle-income homebuyers.

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