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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.

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.

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