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State’s child care industry struggles, officials say, but shows resilience during pandemic

The Minnesota child care industry has fared better than most states in the number of programs and providers that continued operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, the House Early Childhood Finance and Policy Committee heard during its first meeting of the 2021 legislative session.

Procedural vote on emergency powers repeal fails in House

An effort by House Republicans on Monday to force a vote on a resolution to end Gov. Tim Walz's peacetime emergency powers was unsuccessful.

$200m pool of state COVID funds nearly empty, lawmakers hear

When Minnesota’s first COVID-19 case was diagnosed in early March, it wasn’t long before both the federal and state governments started allocating funds to deal with not only the disease but its economic repercussions.

MN legislative leaders address rioting at U.S. Capitol

Legislative leaders started the week responding to last week’s unrest at the U.S. Capitol, calling for cooperation during the 2021 session, and expressing disappointments and concerns with each other.

Week in Review: Jan. 4-8

A look back at what happened in the Minnesota House of Representatives the week of Jan. 4-8, 2021.

House adopts temporary rules, rejects two proposed GOP changes

The House has passed temporary rules governing the upcoming biennium, including a pared-down committee structure and a provision that allows remote operations as necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rules committee adopts temporary rules; more discussion planned next week

The House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee took a step in the direction of establishing permanent rules Wednesday, by approving temporary rules, as amended, and sent them to the House Floor.

Session’s first day brings a different kind of divided House

It was an opening to the Minnesota legislative session unlike any before it. A mere 20 representatives were in the House Chamber Tuesday as the session was called to order a...

Plenty for MN lawmakers to do in 2021, with pandemic response still a top priority

With a looming state budget deficit and increased wants from many, the 2021 legislative session won’t be easy.

Latest budget forecast puts state back in the black

About those looming state budget deficits? Never mind. Minnesota Management and Budget officials released the February 2021 Budget and Economic Forecast Friday, and the...

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.

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