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Proposal would limit youngest learners’ device usage

Data regarding the effects of excessive screen use on young children is growing, and the news is not good, according to Rep. Kelly Morrison (DFL-Deephaven).

Bill banning perc, prioritizing dry cleaners for cleanup funds clears House

A bill banning a hazardous dry-cleaning solvent and prioritizing Minnesota dry cleaners for access to an industry-funded state account for environmental cleanup projects has been passed.

Education committee considers changes to the teacher licensure system

Since the state’s current teacher licensure system went into effect a few years ago it has been a source of ongoing discussions.

Benefits extension sought for school bus drivers, other hourly school workers

School bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and other hourly school workers who have little or no income while schools are on break could become eligible to collect unemployment benefits.

Dangers of skin-lightening creams could be highlighted by grant program

HF1419 would create and fund a grant program through the Department of Health to increase public awareness on the dangers of these products.

Board of Animal Health could be restructured after CWD criticism

Sponsored by Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul), HF1137 would expand the Board of Animal Health, which oversees its namesake agency, to nine members instead of the current five.

Nonpartisan House office honored for informing Minnesotans

The entire nonpartisan House Public Information Services Department has been honored for its work, as has Steve Senyk, director of Senate Media Services.

House, Senate pass state government bill that includes end to peacetime emergency

Sponsored by Rep. Michael Nelson (DFL-Brooklyn Park) and Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake), SSHF12/SSSF2* would provide funding — and some increases — for various agencies, boards and commissions.

Omnibus judiciary and public safety bill gets House, Senate OK

The House and Senate passed potentially the most controversial bill of the special session Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

House, Senate pass omnibus jobs conference committee report, send it to governor

The $1.6 billion omnibus employment and economic development bill is the latest measure going to Gov. Tim Walz.

Legislative leaders reach deal on public safety bill; expected on House Floor Tuesday

Legislative leaders reached a deal Saturday on public safety legislation that includes several police reform and accountability measures supported by the House, but that also left out many others.

House, Senate pass omnibus health and human services bill

An $18.8 billion omnibus health and human services bill that aims to improve the lives of Minnesotans across the state has been sent to the governor.

Stalled bonding projects would get green light again under House-approved bill

When it comes to a 2021 bonding bill, a little above the minimum may suffice. Throughout this year’s regular session, Republicans on the House Capital Investment Committee a...

House passes education bill with more per-pupil funding, teacher training

Spending per pupil would rise, pre-kindergarten offerings wouldn’t shrink, and training opportunities for teachers and staff would increase under the omnibus E-12 education finance bill.

House passes omnibus jobs, labor bill

The omnibus employment and economic development bill would spend $1.6 billion on programs ranging from helping businesses recover from COVID-19 restrictions and civil unrest to subsidizing child care so new parents can work.

Omnibus environment bill clears House, heads to the governor

The omnibus environment and natural resources policy and finance bill was passed 99-34 Friday by the House and sent to the state’s top elected official. It was passed 49-14 by the Senate Tuesday.

Education bill brings disparate proposals together, heads for House Floor

The yawning gap in E-12 education funding found in the omnibus bills that passed the House and Senate last month is no more, as a working group has successfully found middle ground.

State government committee learns details of House, Senate agreement

The bill contains a handful of elections provisions, including a process for absentee ballot drop boxes and policy issues related to veterans.

Bill including end to eviction pause, increased housing funding passes House

The $125.6 million omnibus housing finance and policy bill contains just $10 million in new General Fund spending, but it also contains provisions that address short- and long-term needs.

Omnibus environment bill gets committee review before expected House vote

Passed 49-14 by the Senate Tuesday, the omnibus environment and natural resources policy and finance bill is scheduled to receive a House vote Friday.

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