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Mandatory reporting for prenatal care providers discourages treatment, advocates say

HF1026 would exempt prenatal care providers from the mandatory reporting of women who use a controlled substance during pregnancy, eliminating barriers to prenatal care and improving access to addiction services.

Governor’s education policy plan draws strong reactions on House panel

Gov. Tim Walz’s education policy proposal includes a variety of new and previously debated measures that aim to tackle student “challenges of the past and present.”

Lawmakers consider increasing MN biofuel standard

HF1433 would require Minnesota service stations to sell gas containing at least 15% ethanol by volume — or E15 gasoline — by 2022.

Funding sought to boost construction careers for underrepresented groups

HF715 would appropriate $750,000 in the 2022-23 biennium to the foundation to provide year-round educational and experiential learning opportunities for teens and young adults under the age of 21 that lead to careers in the construction industry.

Alternate access sought for children requiring residential mental health treatment

HF944, which aims to help children with severe mental health issues voluntarily access residential treatment without causing unnecessary delays and distress to their families.

For those without housing, 'sacred settlements' could be lifeline

HF1484, sponsored by Rep. Heather Keeler (DFL-Moorhead), would create an exemption for wheeled units located on church, mosque or synagogue grounds that are primarily used to house people experiencing homelessness.

Students could have better access to after-school programs

Sponsored by Rep. Fue Lee (DFL-Mpls), HF786 would create a competitive grant program and appropriate funds to expand high-quality after-school learning opportunities.

Bill aims to guard against false testimony from jailhouse informants

Rep. Jamie Long (DFL-Mpls) sponsors HF992, proposed legislation he says would bring clarity to those rules and give more protection to defendants when evidence introduced in court comes from jailhouse informants.

Lawmakers recommend eight for U of M Board of Regents seats

Eight people vying for a seat on University of Minnesota’s governing body are a step closer to securing a spot on the board.

House panel hears bill aiming to stop ‘excessive’ increases in drug prices

“No one should have to choose between paying the mortgage and paying for their children’s medication,” said Rep. Zack Stephenson (DFL-Coon Rapids).

Education and training support intended to improve outcomes for high-risk babies

Black and Indigenous infants are more than twice as likely to die before their first birthdays than white infants, Rep. Ruth Richardson (DFL-Mendota Heights) told the House Heal...

New energy efficient building standards could be adopted in Minnesota

New commercial and large multifamily residential buildings in Minnesota could be held to progressively stricter energy-efficiency standards in coming years. Sponsored by Rep...

Proposal seeks to end predatory lending practices by student loan servicers

HF1493 would require student loan servicers to be licensed by the Department of Commerce and follow certain procedures relating to the servicing of loans.

MN restaurants — hit hard by pandemic — could see tax exemption

HF921 would not only expand the state’s sales tax exemption on capital equipment to include machinery and equipment used by restaurants, but would make it retroactive to include purchases made after Dec. 31, 2019.

Expanded Capitol security, increased license plate fee part of Walz's transportation budget

Beefed up Capitol security, body cameras for state troopers and an increase in license plate fees are some of the more noteworthy items included in the public safety provisions of the COVID-19 Recovery Budget proposal released late last month by Gov. Tim Walz.

Control over pesticide bans could be returned to local governments

Minnesota cities could prevent residents and businesses from using certain pesticides, a move environmental advocates say could help protect pollinators.

Early childhood committee advances paid family and medical leave bill

Struggling to be both a breadwinner and caretaker? A proposal currently before lawmakers aims to reduce that conflict.

Proposed update to law targets fraud in economic assistance programs

HF822, sponsored by Rep. Erin Koegel (DFL-Spring Lake Park), would modify the way self-employment income is treated when determining eligibility for the state’s economic assistance programs to “weed out waste, fraud, and abuse,” she said.

Mobile home park residents would get purchase opportunity, under approved bill

HF112, sponsored by Rep. Connie Bernardy (DFL-New Brighton), would require mobile home park owners to notify tenants before accepting a sale and give them 60 days to submit a purchase proposal.

Bonding proposals could ramp up train travel between Twin Cities and Duluth, Chicago

HF1109, sponsored by Rep. Mary Murphy (DFL-Hermantown), would help get the Northern Lights Express on track between the Twin Cities and Duluth with an appropriation of $4 million.

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