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Bill to create alternative to custody warrants passes House

A bill that would provide an alternative to warrants requiring police officers to take a person into custody if they have missed a court date for certain low-level offenses has ...

Police reform proposals get lukewarm Senate response in conference committee

The House version of the omnibus judiciary and public safety policy and finance bill has more than two-dozen proposals on reforming police procedures, many developed in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Daunte Wright, Philando Castile and others during encounters with police.

A loan against the vortex: House panel approves price spike protection

A bill establishing that loan fund, HF1135/SF1018* — sponsored by Rep. Robert Bierman (DFL-Apple Valley) and Sen. David Senjem (R-Rochester) — passed the Senate on March 25 by a 66-0 vote.

Money matches up in House, Senate Legacy bills — but not where to spend it

While most conference committees are awaiting word from legislative leaders on their budget targets, the Legacy Conference Committee has known how much money it’s authorized to spend for quite some time now.

Lawmakers get to work on crafting compromise HHS budget bill

The omnibus health and human services conference committee got underway Wednesday beginning work on crafting a multibillion-dollar bill that will address everything from continued COVID-19 response efforts to addressing child care and housing stability.

American Rescue Plan means changes for Minnesota taxpayers

What can ARPA do for you? Signed into law in March, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will affect several aspects of life for your average Minnesotan. One of them is taxes.

House, Senate begin work on bridging $620.5 million divide on education bill

With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, the omnibus education bill conference committee has the difficult task of bridging vastly different perspectives on how best to fund and support students, staff and schools in the coming years.

Compromise on elections proposals, other measures needed as House, Senate start negotiations on omnibus state government bill

Provisions about who can vote, and where, and how ballots are tabulated are some of the differences between HF1952*/SF1831, the House and Senate omnibus state government finance bills.

Tax bills bear big differences on the bottom line

While all other conference committees discuss spending, the taxes conference committee deals with the revenue side of the ledger.

Transportation conferees begin work while waiting for final budget target

Conferees working to reach agreement on the omnibus transportation finance and policy bill had an amicable start during their first meeting Monday, receiving an overview and a side-by-side comparison of the two bills they will need to reconcile.

Path to compromise on omnibus environment bill as conference committee kicks off

The process of reconciling the House and Senate versions of the omnibus environment and natural resources bill began Monday, with conferees hearing overviews of the proposals.

Conferees cultivate plan to resolve differences in agriculture and broadband legislation

Only $1.6 million separates the 2022-23 biennial spending requests in the House and Senate versions of the bill, which are $169.5 million and $167.9 million, respectively.

Conferees find House wants renewables, Senate health reinsurance

It’s not as much about how much money, but where to spend it. That’s the key difference House and Senate conferees are discussing in the omnibus commerce, consumer protection, and energy policy and finance bills that each chamber produced.

Differences in omnibus housing bills highlighted in first conference committee meeting

The House version of the omnibus housing bill would increase protections for renters and bolster funding for state housing programs.

Public safety omnibus bill conferees start task of resolving major differences in policy provisions

The House and Senate have a $46 million difference in the amount each body proposes to fund the Department of Public Safety in the upcoming biennium.

Omnibus veterans and military affairs bill — including last-minute amendments — gains approval

Despite a last-minute amendment receiving a cool reception from Republicans, the omnibus veterans and military affairs finance and policy bill has been approved by a House committee.

Week in Review: March 22-26

The 2021 legislative session began 81 days ago which, depending on your perspective, may seem like the blink of an eye or an eternity. Either way, the House and Senate will ...

Omnibus legacy bill steps into the spotlight

Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment is roughly at its halfway point. In 2008, state voters chose to increase their sales taxes by 0.375% and dedicate the proceeds to four funds. Th...

Relatives may no longer be able to oversee at-home driver’s knowledge tests

HF1692 would forbid relatives, including spouses, fiancés, grandparents, parents, children, siblings or legal guardians, from acting as proctors.

Act aims to change how corrections system measures inmate success while behind bars

The act would expand the types of rehabilitative programs prison inmates would receive, and allow inmates to earn early release upon completing certain objectives in those programs.

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