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Civics class could be mandatory for high school juniors and seniors

The National Assessment of Educational Progress estimates that approximately 77% of Minnesota students who graduate from high school are not proficient in civics.

Bill aims to ‘mainstream’ obesity treatment

HF894, sponsored by Rep. Connie Bernardy (DFL-New Brighton), would allow Medical Assistance to cover weight loss drugs by removing language that specifically excludes the vast majority of these medications from coverage.

Funding needed to grow Emerging Farmer Working Group

Sponsored by Rep. Jessica Hanson (DFL-Burnsville), HF1274 would dedicate $10,000 annually in fiscal years 2022 and 2023 to the Emerging Farmer Working Group, which has met four times since November 2020.

Bill seeks more funding to train students in high-demand health care fields

With a little more help from the state, a successful health care job-training program in Rochester could expand to nearby communities and deliver multiple benefits to both the students being trained and the communities where they may eventually find employment.

‘Technical’ elections bill approved by committee on partisan vote

Party agreement seemed likely, but was not reached on bill related to voting and election processes.

Week in Review: Feb. 15-19

With just a bit more than one full week left in February and the Legislature’s first committee deadline on the horizon March 12, more and more of the 1,348 bills that have so fa...

Proposal would have Greater MN bars, restaurants fully open sooner

Bouncing back from the COVID-19 pandemic may best be served by other than a one-size-fits-all approach, a DFL lawmaker says.

Bill proposes tougher penalties for sex trafficking

HF613 aims to give prosecutors more tools to do their jobs and get more drug traffickers, and those who buy sex, to pay for their crimes. It would also toughen penalties for those convicted of sex crimes.

Fibbing about Fido to skirt a ‘no pets’ policy? Bill would make it illegal

HF566 would permit landlords to deny a tenant’s rental application, or not approve the accommodation for a service or support animal, if the animal’s certification is not issued by a “licensed professional.”

SAFE account bill fails to gain enough support, tabled for second time

For the second time in a week, a bill that would create the State Aid for Emergencies account and fund it with $35 million was discussed on the House Floor, but failed to pass the chamber.

Walz’s tax bill would net revenue bumps from corporations and high earners

House nonpartisan staff projects that the proposed tax changes would increase General Fund revenue by $972.7 million in fiscal year 2022.

Overhaul of criminal sexual conduct statutes moves forward

Minnesota statutes dealing with criminal sexual conduct are confusing, and need overhauling to make them more user-friendly to everyone working in the criminal justice system.

No Child Left Inside grant program could get $2 million

A popular, two-year-old grant program that has funded dozens of environmental and natural resources education and recreation activities for youth could get additional funding.

Students in residential facilities could have better access to extra learning opportunities

Sponsored by Rep. Cheryl Youakim (DFL-Hopkins), HF725 aims to provide more education equity for students in residential facilities.

Housing panel OKs legislation that could offer eviction protections, expunge records

Tenants behind on rent or against whom eviction cases are filed could have more time to reach agreements with landlords, and tenants with eviction records could more easily find housing under bills approved Thursday.

Extension considered for pandemic-prompted changes to home and community-based services

HF976, sponsored by Rep. Patty Acomb (DFL-Minnetonka), would extend the waiver allowing for the remote provision of certain home and community-based services by an additional year.

Minnesota State, U of M leaders tell lawmakers big repair bills need big bonding

Representatives of the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State presented bonding requests to the House Capital Investment Committee Thursday.

Proposal would establish a new state agency focused on early childhood

Acting on a decade-old recommendation, and following nationwide trends, lawmakers are considering the creation of a new state agency dedicated to serving Minnesota’s youngest children.

Parents of maltreated children could have greater say in day care provider appeals

HF60, sponsored by Rep. Erin Koegel (DFL-Spring Lake Park), would require a maltreated child’s parent, legal custodian, or guardian to be informed of such hearings, as well as their right to participate in person or through a written statement.

Walz proposes $149 million increase in higher education funding — with some program cuts

Big ticket items within Gov. Tim Walz’s higher education budget proposal include funding increases for the state’s public colleges and universities, as well as a program to help workers impacted by COVID-19.

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