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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.

Push for tax transparency gets some pushback

Rather than have every county, school district and municipality select its own date for the annual “Truth in Taxation” hearing, HF496 everyone would hold theirs on the first Wednesday evening after the first Monday of December.

MN VA could gain new position aimed at public outreach

On Wednesday, the House Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee unanimously approved HF484, which would allow the department to hire a publicity agent.

House panel hears bill to fund $3.6 million in Greater MN business development grants

HF426 would appropriate $3.6 million in the 2022-23 biennium from the General Fund for the Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program.

Work could shift from paperwork to patients with consistent standards in mental health services

Mental health professionals could spend more time treating patients and less time navigating paperwork and unnecessary requirements with the introduction of uniform service standards.

Lawmakers ask whether Minnesotans of color served well by Legacy funds

Representatives from each of the four funds the House Legacy Finance Committee oversees talked about efforts to ensure that communities of color are being served by their efforts.

Homeless youth would have easier time getting ID under approved bill

Homeless youth and young adults could have an easier time obtaining identification cards, which are often crucial for getting a job, enrolling in school or applying for public assistance.

School districts could see 2 percent increase in general education revenue

HF843 would increase the general education basic formula allowance by 2% per year for fiscal years 2022 and 2023.

House panel approves bill to add $30 million to disaster assistance contingency account

HF38 would appropriate $30 million from the General Fund in fiscal year 2021 to replenish the account that has less than $4 million in it.

Bill would ensure ‘absolutely essential’ legal counsel to parents at emergency child protection hearings

HF312 would require counties to appoint a public defender to all financially eligible parents, guardians, and custodians who ask for one prior to the first hearing, and at all stages of child protection proceedings.

As fight against pandemic continues, lawmakers consider making mask mandate state law

A House committee on Tuesday heard a proposal to make wearing face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic the law in Minnesota.

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