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Committees told capital projects should be ready for climate change

Minnesota’s weather is expected to get warmer, wetter and more violent. How can the state’s infrastructure be ready?

House panel hears about public safety concerns in Greater Minnesota

The House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee heard from the public on community-centered public safety in Greater Minnesota.

Vote delayed on package of DFL-backed election changes

HF9, as amended, offers changes in areas that include voter registration, elections administration and security, and campaign finance and disclosure law. A preliminary fiscal note shows a $36.4 million cost in the upcoming biennium.

Bill would permit MN to enforce Canadian orders of protection

The arm of the law is long, but not yet long enough to reach across the Canadian border. That would change under HF113, which would permit Minnesota to enforce protection or...

House sends legislation to governor extending remote marriage license options

HF17/SF26*, which would extend the ability of local registrars to receive and approve marriage license applications during the COVID-19 pandemic using remote technologies, was approved 127-3 Thursday by the House.

House panel hears similarities, challenges of policing in Greater Minnesota

Violent crime, drug addiction, human sex trafficking, domestic abuse, and other public safety challenges are statewide problems and are not just law enforcement issues for the metropolitan area, public safety officials said Thursday.

Debate continues on clean energy standard bill

Is Minnesota one step closer to instituting a “100% clean energy standard” for utilities doing business in the state? Well, maybe a half-step.

Transportation members updated on state’s infrastructure present and future needs

The House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee on Thursday was given an update on the state’s transportation infrastructure and the news was mixed.

Interventions in early childhood could prevent life-long skills gaps

Being born into a low-income family increases the likelihood that children will develop lifelong skills gaps, but with very early inventions that can be prevented, lawmakers heard Thursday.

Hearing focuses on bringing more equity to bonding projects

When such civic projects as roads, bridges and transit plans are presented to communities around the state, how residents receive them may be different if they’re from a community of color.

Bill would require timely update to state's invasive species plan

Minnesota's plan for slowing the spread of invasive species may need to be updated every five years. Sponsored by Rep. Patty Acomb (DFL-Minnetonka), HF228 would require the ...

MN renters need stronger protections, advocates tell House panel

Minnesota renters could be better protected from intrusive landlords, financially prohibitive security deposits, unreasonable cold and other emergencies, advocates told a House committee Thursday.

Disagreement flares over use of disaster assistance dollars to rebuild following civil unrest

Debate on HF38 became political at the Wednesday meeting of the House Industrial Education and Economic Development Finance and Policy Committee when lawmakers debated whether disaster assistance money should be used to rebuild properties damaged during the civil unrest in Minneapolis last year.

Plan aims to make local government website accessibility ‘a right for all’

HF35 would establish a grant program with $1 million in fiscal year 2022 for small cities and counties to improve website accessibility and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Minnesota State system request funds for campus stability, equity

Minnesota State system leaders say they’re prioritizing campus stability in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and striving for equity and affordability.

Legislative leaders announce 2021 committee deadlines

Legislators and the public officially know the timeline for getting bills through the committee process.

‘Increase Teachers of Color Act of 2021’ clears education committee on party-line vote

HF217 aims to strengthen programs and policies to attract, prepare and retain more teachers of color and American Indian teachers.

Committee approves 15% cap on food delivery services fees

A bill approved by the House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee Wednesday would deliver some relief to restaurants by setting a limit of 15% of the order price on those fees.

Interstate compact could expand access to mental health services, continuity of care

More people could use telehealth technology to continue meeting with their psychologists — even across state lines — under proposed legislation that would make Minnesota a part of the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact.

More pandemics? Health division hears how public health and climate change converge

Testifiers at a joint meeting Wednesday said issues of public health and climate change go hand in hand.


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