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Pandemic-related funding boost for Farm to Foodshelf program could be extended

HF790, sponsored by Rep. Jessica Hanson (DFL-Burnsville), would increase funding for the Farm to Foodshelf program from $1.7 million to $2.95 million in fiscal year 2021.

Bill held over would eliminate ‘Social Security offset’ that reduces unemployment payouts

Minnesota is the last state in the nation with a Social Security offset, which the bill's sponsor says unjustly penalizes people for whom “having a job after applying for Social Security is not something to keep them busy, it’s something to help pay the bills.”

New teachers could have better access to mentorship opportunities

Sponsored by Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City), HF561 aims to improve teacher retention and development through expanded access to mentorship opportunities.

Sound the siren, committee approves state fire museum designation

A facility that honors men and women who put their lives on the line to save others could receive a state designation.

Private or public? Bill would scratch off public disclosure of lottery winners' names

Current state statute requires lottery officials to publicly disclose a prize winner’s name, city of residence, prize amount and where the ticket was purchased. HF832 would make a winner's name private.

Week in Review: Feb. 8-12

Another week of virtual meetings are in the books and on the record, with many participants likely glad they could stay home and hunker down to avoid a below-zero blast of arcti...

House subcommittee hears GOP plan to end peacetime emergency restrictions

A few hours after Gov. Tim Walz announced his latest executive order to safely reopen the state, including increased capacity for restaurants and indoor entertainment starting Saturday, more loosening of the restrictions is being encouraged.

‘We need to have their backs’ – more help for firefighters with cancer, heart disease under Hometown Heroes program

HF377 would create a Hometown Heroes Assistance Program to provide financial assistance to firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer or heart disease.

Election financing, filing modifications OK'd for Hennepin County

Consistent election filings in Hennepin County and greater transparency are aims of a bill heading to the House Floor.

House judiciary panel hears bill to mandate parenting education in divorce cases

Rep. Peggy Scott (R-Andover) sponsors HF348, which would require divorcing parents who have not agreed to custody or parenting time to attend a parenting education program.

Clean Energy First Act headed to House Floor — for third year in a row

For the third year in a row, the House Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee has approved a bill that would require renewables to be the power source of choice when replacing a retired power plant. In neither 2019 nor 2020 did the potential change in policy make it into law.

Public safety panel hears bill to train police to deal with people with dementia

A bill held over Thursday would fund law enforcement agencies to deliver training to prepare peace officers to work with citizens suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Easing entry into ignition interlock program could make MN roads safer, lawmakers say

There were 22,653 DWI arrests in Minnesota last year, but a program advocates say helps address that problem and makes the state’s roads safer by limiting repeat offenders needs to be modified in order to reach its full potential.

School boards could get authority to renew expiring referendums

HF292 would give school boards the authority to renew expiring, no-increase school district referendums without voter approval.

Proposal would provide Greater MN $6 million for workforce housing

Small and mid-sized Greater Minnesota cities could get more help in building sorely needed rental housing for middle-income workers.

Federal funds would flow to conservation-minded landowners under bill

Minnesota's Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is currently $16.7 million away from meeting the state contribution of $175 million that would make $350 million in federal funds available.

Pilot project considered to increase support for parents with disability

HF163, sponsored by Rep. Peter Fischer (DFL-Maplewood), aims to support parents with a disability and prevent children from being unnecessarily separated from their families by establishing a Parenting with a Disability Advisory Committee.

Builder or local government — who pays for development-related transportation upgrades? Division OK’s bill to clarify

HF527 would permit municipalities to charge developers fees to cover improvements to current transportation infrastructure due to the proposed development. Fees would need to be proportional to their intended purpose.

‘Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act’ aims to reduce disparities impacting mothers and babies

In Minnesota, black women are 2.3 times more likely to die of pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes than their white counterparts, and the Native American maternal mortality rate is about four times higher.

Education policy committee approves comprehensive sex ed proposal

Minnesota’s current sexual education standards, instruction and benchmarks are developed and delivered on a district-by-district basis.


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