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Escaped deer provision reinserted into floor-bound natural resources bill

To protect Minnesota's deer herd from a fatal brain disease, a House committee for a second straight year has approved a provision that would allow licensed hunters to shoot and keep escaped farm-raised deer.

Testifiers tout economic benefits of transportation spending

On the same day Gov. Tim Walz introduced his biennial budget proposal, the House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee learned more about using transportation as a tool for economic recovery.

Could bonding help rectify racial disparities?

What would closing the gap look like? Several House committees will be addressing that question in coming weeks as they wrestle with “the Minnesota Paradox.”

Possible solutions offered to student social-emotional and academic challenges

Since the beginning of the legislative session, the House Education Finance Committee has heard from several students, educators and state agency staff on the impacts COVID-19 is having on the school system.

House passes resolution to ‘denounce violence’ and ‘support our democracy’

The House voted Monday to express disdain with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and support the 2020 certified election results.

Minnesota well-positioned for recovery, state economist tells lawmakers

Gov. Tim Walz is set to propose his budget targets on Tuesday for the 2022-23 biennium. The amount of money he will ask the Legislature for is based on forecasts of the state’s economy and how much tax revenue it might generate.

Education committee reviews racial disparities, poor student outcomes

The House Education Policy Committee spent Monday hearing from experts on racial disparities in the state’s education system and how they can be addressed.

Farmer-lender mediation window could be extended a third time

Minnesota farmers who fall into financial hardship this year could have more time to renegotiate debts with creditors, a move advocates say would help them navigate practical difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Select committee report: Bring a racial justice lens to legislation

After George Floyd died in police custody on a Minneapolis street last Memorial Day, a worldwide conversation emerged and has continued since. The subject is race and its place in how individuals and governments make decisions.

Week in Review: Jan. 19-22

Overviews continued this week with many House committees and divisions spending their time listening to background briefings from the officials and agencies they oversee. A ...

Governor's emergency powers pose questions that House subcommittee seeks to answer

Month after month throughout much of 2020, Gov. Tim Walz extended the state’s peacetime emergency for another 30 days to quickly help the state “take swift action to protect the health and wellbeing of our communities, families, and businesses” in response to COVID-19.

Lawmakers briefed on Guardian ad Litem program, coronavirus-related challenges

The pandemic has lightened caseloads somewhat due to a slowdown in court cases, and the program is prepared to quickly get more Guardians ad Litem onboard if there is a significant uptick in cases when the pandemic eases.

Progress made in implementing police reform law, testifiers tell lawmakers — but much remains to do

It’s been six months since legislative passage of a police reform package that included banning chokeholds in all but extreme circumstances, outlawing warrior training, and requiring an officer to intervene when another officer is using excessive force.

Pandemic having deep impact on state's transportation systems

Minnesotans traveled less last year by planes, trains, automobiles, and most other forms of transportation as well, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

House rules committee holds over resolution affirming election results, condemning local and national violence

A committee began discussing a resolution Thursday saying, in part, the House and the state support the certified election results and do not support the destructive actions earlier this month by supporters of Donald Trump.

Dry cleaners would have first crack at funding under bill

Minnesota dry cleaners could have an easier time accessing a state fund they contribute to each year to cover environmental cleanup projects.

House climate panel considers quickening push to carbon-free energy

Completely carbon-free by 2040. That’s the goal of the “100% Clean Energy Standard” bill the House Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee contemplated Thursday.

With state's demographics shifting older, permanent council could help focus MN's 'age-friendly' efforts

In a long-anticipated demographic shift, 2020 marked the first year that Minnesotans over the age of 60 outnumbered those under 18, council member Anthony Taylor told the House Human Services Policy and Finance Committee Thursday.

MN schools quickly spent COVID relief funds, committee hears

Minnesota schools have made short work of their first round of federal COVID-19 relief funds through purchases needed to keep buildings sanitized and by providing extra support to students, families and educators.

Greater MN seeking more funding for broadband connections in rural areas

HF14 would add $120 million in the 2022-23 biennium to the state border-to-border broadband account.

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