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PCA: Greenhouse gas emissions dropping, but not nearly enough

Together, transportation, electricity generation and agriculture account for 70% of the state’s emissions. While emissions were down 29% in the electricity generation sector between 2005 and 2018, the transportation sector is only down 7.5% while agricultural emissions are up 8.3%.

Environment committee approves 2020 lands bill

HF133 was approved Tuesday by the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee and referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

Department of Human Services’ work to improve procedures are ongoing

Efforts to improve the Department of Human Services’ procedures and processes have proven successful so far, but officials say the work is far from done.

House panel gets rundown of programs that support young children

There are many state and federally funded initiatives geared toward supporting the health and well-being of Minnesota’s youngest citizens and their families.

AG's office seeks additional $9.8m to meet mission protecting Minnesotans

The office seeks $9.77 million more in operating funds in the 2022-23 biennium. Attorney General Keith Ellison said the current $23.51 million biennial appropriation marks the office’s first real-dollar increase in six years.

Week in Review: Jan. 11-15

Welcome to the beginning of a long weekend as the House will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But members intend to pick right up where they left of...

Incarceration and probation: Committee gets overview of state corrections’ systems

The House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee heard presentations Friday on two tasks of the Department of Corrections: incarceration and probation.

Budget officials: low interest rates serve state well at bond sale

When Minnesota sells general obligation bonds, it’s best for its budget to do so when interest rates are low. That way, the state will hold down its debt and make more money available to the General Fund over time.

House adopts permanent rules for 2021-22 session

The House has adopted permanent rules for the 2021 session, setting up its committee structure and the guidelines under which it will move bills and conduct votes and debate.

Committee hears how reform legislation has begun to affect police training

The Legislature responded to the Memorial Day death of George Floyd under the knee of a former Minneapolis police officer by passing police reform legislation in the July 2020 special session.

How will pandemic impact transportation? House committee begins looking at post-COVID future

The House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee held its first of two informational meetings Thursday on the future of transportation in a post-pandemic world.

MN-based corporations talk up commitments to renewable energy

On Thursday, the House Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee heard about commitments that companies like 3M, Ecolab and Cargill are making to convert to entirely renewable energy, with Best Buy and Target sending in information about their efforts.

‘Finding the right balance:’ state office supports long-term-care facility residents during pandemic

COVID-19 poses a particular threat in long-term care facilities, both due to the congregate settings and the fact that residents are typically older and have underlying medical conditions, putting them at risk.

Early childhood investments should include support for caregivers, panel hears

To inform policy priorities during this session and beyond, the House Early Childhood Finance and Policy Committee dedicated its Thursday meeting to better understanding the data and neuroscience of children.

Overburdened public defenders, legal aid lawyers air concerns before House panel

Minnesota’s public defenders are overworked and underpaid, and the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the challenges they face when representing clients at criminal trials.

Spread of state’s coronavirus relief funds deemed a success

A fast-paced, five-month process got federal money to programs for residents, small businesses and nonprofits in need, with 99.6% of the money successfully meted out between June and December.

Health officials update lawmakers on wide-ranging pandemic response

More than 400,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been identified in the state and responding to the pandemic has proven to be the Minnesota Department of Health's largest endeavor ever, Deputy Commissioner Margaret Kelly told the House Health Finance and Policy Committee Wednesday.

State modifies schools plan with goal of more young learners back in classroom

State officials have modified a plan they hope will help get more children safely back in classrooms.

Ag officials detail efforts to help meat processers, providers

Since Minnesota farmers were forced to euthanize tens of thousands of hogs and turkeys last spring because of COVID-19-related closures of processing plants, state leaders have been looking to make the processing industry more resilient.

DFL leaders outline top early priorities for 2021 session

After 2020 was dominated by the coronavirus, top House DFLers say their immediate 2021 priorities are to assist people most impacted by COVID-19.

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