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Environment panel approves update to motorboat, recreational vehicle DUI provisions

A bill ensuring motorboat and recreational vehicle DUI provisions are the same as motor vehicle DUI provisions has been approved by a House panel.

Week in Review: Feb. 22-26

Evening meetings and long Fridays are the norm now that the Legislature stands two weeks away from the first committee deadline March 12. That's when committees must act favorab...

New consumer protections considered for mail-order prescriptions

Whether because of convenience or necessity, many Minnesotans have come to rely on prescription drugs delivered by mail. But some of these medications can be impacted by variati...

Lawmakers learn about ‘crisis situation’ of inmate deaths in state prisons and jails

HF1267 would mandate policy reforms and strengthen standards to improve safety for inmates and staff in state and local correctional facilities.

Price gouging during disasters could become a crime

Minnesota could join 35 others states and Washington D.C. in making price gouging during disasters and emergencies illegal.

'Driver's licenses for all' bill clears first House hurdle

The so-called “driver’s licenses for all” bill, HF1163, was approved 10-5 by the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee Friday on a party-line vote, and sent to the House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee.

Bill aims to make ‘much-needed changes’ to child support formulas

Child support amounts for divorcing parents are spelled out in law in the form of a table with calculations based on combined monthly parental incomes and the number of children.

Funding for mental health and school support staff included in governor’s E-12 proposal

Following an informational overview from the Department of Education a few weeks ago, the House Education Finance Committee took another look at Gov. Tim Walz’s Due North budget...

Should a portion of a college sports ticket be tax deductible? Bill says ‘yes’

HF298 would make the portion of a college sporting event ticket earmarked for scholarships a tax-deductible donation.

House vote puts dentists a step closer to aiding vaccine distribution efforts

Dentists are currently qualified to administer influenza vaccines – but they may soon be able to provide COVID-19 vaccines as well.

Bill aims to remove ‘humiliation and trauma’ of shackling juvenile defendants

Criminal justice, especially juvenile justice, is all about rehabilitation, says Rep. Jamie Long (DFL-Mpls).

Transportation panel learns more about Metro Transit's bus rapid transit plans

The House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee discussed several proposals Thursday that would help fund bus rapid transit lines, including two that would use bonding dollars to pay for the bulk of the work.

New power agreement could ensure ash waste wood management

Xcel Energy could be allowed to continue buying electricity from a St. Paul power plan that generates power in part by burning trees from emerald ash borer-infected cities and counties.

Early childhood educator incentive programs could get funding boost

HF260 would create and appropriate funds to two competitive grant programs geared toward financially incentivizing child care providers and educators to enter and remain in the profession.

Nearly $300,000 sought to promote support for people with intellectual, developmental disabilities

HF923, sponsored by Rep. Joe McDonald (R-Delano), would appropriate $143,000 in both fiscal year 2022 and 2023 from the General Fund to maintain and promote self-advocacy services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Committee considers more money for getting to school safely

If you want Minnesota schoolchildren to be healthier and safer, where the rubber meets the road may actually be where the rubber meets the sidewalk. That would be the rubber on ...

No state disaster funds for civil unrest damages under plan heard in House committee

HF444 would amend the law to specifically exclude “a catastrophe caused by civil unrest” from receiving contingency relief funds.

House division OK's — remotely — more local governing via video

It’s fitting the House Local Government Division met Wednesday with members participating miles apart from one another. After all, it approved a pair of bills dealing with governing remotely.

State’s hotels could gain a new tool for recovery

The past year has been difficult for the hospitality industry, and the consensus among industry professionals is recovery is going to take a while.

Workers’ compensation changes proposed for teachers with COVID-19

Minnesota school employees who have contracted the coronavirus since last summer could become much more successful in COVID-19-related workers’ compensation claims.

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