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Biennial water-quality proposal boosted by February budget forecast

HF639, sponsored by Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul) would allocate $256.8 million from the Clean Water Fund to dozens of water-quality projects in fiscal years 2022-23.

Prosecutors would have more leeway to request reduced sentences under bill headed to House Floor

Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Moller (DFL-Shoreview), HF901 would allow prosecutors to initiate a process to resentence a person convicted of a crime.

Divided House committee OK's $450m DFL plan targeted at 'ending systemic racism' in MN

“Will the Legislature send a message that Minnesota will lead in ending systemic racism and racial injustice and invest in stabilizing Minnesota’s African American communities and families?” Rep. John Thompson (DFL-St. Paul) proffers a $457 million answer via HF784.

College in the Schools teacher training program could get funding extension

With a goal of expanding students’ access the program, HF649, sponsored by Rep. Julie Sandstede (DFL-Hibbing), would appropriate $2 million during the 2022-23 biennium to help educators attain the needed credentials to teach concurrent enrollment classes.

Allowing care attendants to help people with disabilities travel would have ‘big impact,’ advocates say

HF1431, sponsored by Rep. Luke Frederick (DFL-Mankato) would modify the personal care assistance and community first services and supports programs to specify that “traveling” can include driving and accompanying a person to medical appointments and other locations.

Should MN allow solar generation on prime farmland?

Is electricity a new crop to harvest from Minnesota’s prime farmland? Or are rural solar arrays taking valuable acreage out of the food chain?

Legacy funds could help close the swimming gap

HF1166, sponsored by Rep. Ami Wazlawik (DFL-White Bear Township), would provide $500,000 in fiscal year 2022 for water safety grants to be funded by the state’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Meatpacking workers — their plight spotlighted amid pandemic — afforded more protections under bill advancing in House

Minnesota meatpacking companies could be required to install more stringent COVID-19 measures, while their workers could be allowed to refuse to work in dangerous conditions without getting fired or facing retaliation.

House health panel considers trauma-centered approach to prevent gun violence

“Trauma is both a cause and an effect of gun violence,” so efforts to address that trauma early on are key to prevention efforts, said Ayolanda Evans Mack, director of community...

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.


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