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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.

Laid-off service workers could get recall protections

Service and hospitality workers laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic could be entitled the opportunity to return to their jobs if they reopen.

Legacy Committee hears of COVID-19 impact on the arts

Unlike industries that could more easily adapt to employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, arts organizations have traditionally been dependent upon patrons coming through the door and attending a performance, art exhibit or other event.

Bed shortage for inpatient psychiatric treatment impacting care and access, lawmakers hear

“You only worry about an open bed when you have mental illness,” Sue Abderholden, executive director of NAMI Minnesota, told the House Behavioral Health Policy Division Wednesday.

District court judges present their case to judiciary committee

On the bench, judges must be impartial, but at the Legislature, they can – and do — advocate for themselves.

Proposed MinnesotaCare expansion aims to aid undocumented immigrants, small businesses, families

Small-business owners are one of several groups who could gain access to health insurance through a “MinnesotaCare public option” that would be created by HF11, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Schultz (DFL-Duluth).

U of M leaders make lowest funding request in 20 years

University of Minnesota officials presented the institution’s lowest biennial budget request in over 20 years to the House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee Tuesday.

Legislation proposes paid sick leave for nurses, essential workers

Nurses, clerks at large grocers and other essential workers would receive up to 2.5 weeks of paid sick leave under a DFL bill laid over Tuesday by the House Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee.

Bill would speed up process for getting U-visa protections

HF321 would speed up the application process for foreign nationals who are victims of serious crimes to receive federal protection in the form of a U-visa, which allows them to remain in the United States.

Tax increases on wealthiest, budget reserves key pieces of Walz's budget proposal

Gov. Tim Walz unveiled his $52.4 billion 2022-23 budget proposal Tuesday, that includes tax increases on the wealthiest Minnesotans and big corporations, further assistance for struggling smaller businesses, help for students falling behind and dipping into the state’s budget reserve.

Energy efficiency act on its way to the House floor

Last May, the House passed the Energy Conservation and Optimization Act of 2020, which would have updated the state’s Conservation Improvement Program that helps Minnesota businesses and households use electricity and natural gas more efficiently. However, there was no Senate vote.

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