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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.

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.

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