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Multiple approaches could bring more dentists to rural Minnesota

HF620, sponsored by Rep. Lisa Demuth (R-Cold Spring), would use a few different strategies to attract new dentists to high-need areas, including an expansion of the state’s Health Professional Loan Forgiveness Program to include dentists practicing in rural Minnesota.

Recreational cannabis bill clears first committee in House

A bill to legalize recreational Marijuana in Minnesota cleared its first committee hurdle Wednesday.

Auditor’s report says use of tax increment financing down, but revenue up

Tax increment financing is a means of funding local development projects in Minnesota that’s being used less often but generating more revenue.

Education committee considers ‘Seizure Smart Schools’ legislation

An estimated 7,400 children with epilepsy live in Minnesota. To make schools a safer place for them, advocates are asking for “Seizure Smart Schools” legislation. Sponsored ...

Costs of soil friendly farming would be defrayed under approved bill

HF701, sponsored by Rep. Todd Lippert (DFL-Northfield), would create the Soil-Healthy Farming Program, which would provide grants and direct payments to farmers who implement such practices.

Mental health workforce shortage, cultural competency demand range of solutions

Minnesota has long struggled with a shortage of mental health professionals – but that shortage becomes even more dramatic when considering rural areas and culturally informed providers.

Proposed ban on flavored tobacco moves ahead

The bill seeks to ban flavored tobacco and related products, defining them, in part, “as nicotine or a delivery product that imparts a taste or smell other than the flavor of tobacco.”

Repeal of local government compensation cap gets OK in House division

Sponsored by Rep. Sandra Masin (DFL-Eagan), HF325 would repeal state statute established in 2005 that caps the compensation for an employee of a political subdivision.

Met Council reform measure met with House panel's approval

Sponsored by Rep. Sandra Masin (DFL-Eagan), HF344, as amended, would stagger the four-year terms of Metropolitan Council members, so that, for appointments beginning Jan. 1, 2022, half the council would be appointed every two years.

Support program for Twin Cities homeless adults could be expanded

A program that provides rental assistance and support services for homeless adults in Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey counties who have HIV/AIDS, mental illness or histories of substance abuse could be expanded

House subcommittee continues debate over legislative response to Walz's emergency powers

The House Subcommittee on Legislative Reform continued its work on the issue by hearing one new and one updated proposal Tuesday.

Allowing raw cannabis for medical use could cut costs, improve access

HF813 would modify the state’s medical cannabis program to allow patients aged 21 or older to use raw cannabis and to permit smoking.

Divided House committee approves price controls on prescription drugs creating ‘affordability challenges’

The bill would establish a Prescription Drug Affordability Board and a related advisory council to review the cost of prescription drugs and set upper payment limits for drugs whose cost creates an affordability challenge to the state health care system or patients.

Paying taxes on PPP loans? That, and more, would change under tax conformity bill

Every year, legislators have to figure out how state tax law must be altered to bring Minnesota into line with changes made in Washington, D.C. And sometimes the lag between changes costs Minnesotans money.

Air-quality permits could get additional scrutiny in underserved communities

The Pollution Control Agency and companies looking to emit pollutants in or around underserved communities could be required to take additional steps before issuing or receiving air-quality permits.

Public safety panel OKs bill to grant limited immunity to victims of sexual assault possessing or under influence of drugs

Rep. Heather Edelson (DFL-Edina) sponsors HF289, which would exempt a victim of sexual assault from charges and prosecution for the possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia or underage alcohol consumption.

More children could be eligible for early learning opportunities this summer

To help young kids overcome pandemic-related setbacks and get up to speed for school this fall, Gov. Tim Walz has proposed funding increases to expand preschool opportunities this summer.

Legislation could protect low-income tenants in apartments primed for rent hikes

To prevent low-income tenants from being priced out by upgrades to relatively inexpensive apartment complexes, lawmakers are considering making millions of dollars available to affordable housing operators to buy the properties and keep rents low.

Study proposed to develop consumer protections for state's sober home residents

HF287 would order the Department of Human Services to work with stakeholders to conduct a study and develop recommendations regarding access, possible oversight measures, and consumer protections.

Bonding committee approves measure to help cover costs of recovery from last summer's civil unrest

HF728 would authorize the sale and issuance of $300 million in redevelopment appropriation bonds for areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul adversely affected by last summer’s civil unrest.

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