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Compromise agreement proposes $139 million budget for agriculture initiatives

Rep. Mike Sundin (DFL-Esko) chairs the House Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee. Monday morning he had words of praise for a compromise budget agreement. “It invests i...

Lawmakers return for special session as budget talks continue

Lawmakers resume efforts to pass two-year budget needed to fund the state’s government that would shut down if an agreement is not reached before July 1.

Special session officially set to begin Monday, focus to be setting state budget

Gov. Tim Walz has issued a proclamation calling the House and Senate back to St. Paul for a special session beginning at noon, June 14, and noted he intends to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency by 30 days to help the state continue to quickly and effectively respond to the pandemic.

Legacy agreement reached and ready for the special session

Among the 13 conference committees tasked with forging compromises between what passed the House and Senate this year, only one knew months ago how much money it would be disbur...

One agreement down, 12 to go: Higher education completes its assignment

The $3.51 billion agreement, expected to be introduced as a bill in a special session, would cap tuition increases for Minnesota State students at 3.5% over the next two academic years.

Rep. Thompson to apologize for saying member is 'a racist,' ethics complaint dismissed

Rep. John Thompson (DFL-St. Paul) has agreed to apologize the next time the House convenes for calling a Republican member racist during the June 19 special session.

Ethics panel holds initial hearing on complaint against Rep. John Thompson

The House Ethics Committee held an initial hearing Friday on a complaint brought against Rep. John Thompson (DFL-St. Paul) for comments made during a June 19 debate on the House Floor.

House caps off special session by passing omnibus tax bill

The bill would produce $49.1 billion in revenue in the 2022-23 biennium that started Thursday and provide $4.2 billion in refunds, aids and credits, including $761 million in new tax cuts and credits.

‘Common sense’ or 'hyper-partisan?' Elections bill clears House committee on party-line vote

On an 8-5 party-line vote, HF9, as amended, was approved Friday by the House State Government Finance and Elections Committee.

Week in Review: Jan. 25-29

With the introduction of his $52 billion budget proposal this week, Gov. Tim Walz made the first major move of the 2021 legislative session, setting the stage for the hearings, ...

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.

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