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Lawmakers consider removing hurdle in holding PFAS polluters accountable

An obstacle to holding companies responsible for pollution caused by the family of "forever" chemicals at the center of the $850 million settlement between the state and 3M in 2018 could be removed.

House passes bill to clarify and extend court deadlines

By a vote of 132-0, the House passed a bill Thursday that would clarify legislation passed related to Gov. Tim Walz’s first COVID-19 emergency declaration in March 2020.

Legislation to exclude white supremacists from police ranks advances in House

HF593 would require the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board to modify the peace officer code of conduct to prohibit peace officers from affiliating with, supporting, or advocating for white supremacist groups, causes, or ideologies.

Homeowners associations wouldn't have power to say no to solar under bill

Sponsored by Rep. Ami Wazlawik (DFL-White Bear Township), HF257 would prohibit homeowners associations from banning solar installations on residences.

Transportation committee approves limits on driver’s license suspensions

The House Transportation Committee on Thursday approved a proposal that would end driver’s license suspensions as the penalty for a number of different violations, while allowing people who have lost licenses for those offenses to get them back.

Walz proposes $745 million in new state aid for E-12 education

The E-12 education budget is the largest expenditure in Gov. Tim Walz’s “Minnesota’s COVID-19 Recovery Budget” proposal, totaling 40.6% of the $52.4 billion recommendation.

Long-term boost to emergency services funding another proposal aimed at tackling MN homelessness crisis

'We were facing a [homelessness] crisis before COVID began,' Rep. Michael Howard (DFL-Richfield) told the House Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.

Boost to local public health grants could support prevention efforts across state

Additional funding for local public health grants could help provide the resources and flexibility needed to improve the lives of Minnesotans through prevention-based, community-specific initiatives.

Bill seeks more upfront transparency in health care costs

HF57 would require most hospitals, outpatient surgical centers, and medical practices to make available to the public a list of current standard charges for all items and services provided by the medical practice.

Panel OKs updating veterans law to ensure adult day program's standing

A tweak to a state law that would solidify the right of the Department of Veterans Affairs to operate adult day centers has received committee approval.

MFIP reporting changes proposed to help families get out of deep poverty

A provision included in Gov. Tim Walz’s budget recommendations could help make the state’s cash assistance programs a greater source of stability for families in need, Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead told the House Human Services Finance and Policy Committee Wednesday.

Helping people with disabilities live outside nursing homes helps maintain dignity, advocate tells lawmakers

HF264 would appropriate $18 million in the 2022-23 biennium for grants to the eight nonprofit centers for independent living in the state, which provide vocational rehabilitation services to people with disabilities.

State officials say COVID-19’s been good for park visits, bad for monitoring water

For those seeking some good news about the impact of COVID-19 on the state, visit a park or hike on a trail.

Proposal to diversify the teacher workforce receives a second hearing

For several years, advocates have pushed for legislation to increase diversity in the state’s teacher workforce. Their work has culminated in the Increase Teachers of Color Act 2021.

Parental consent may not be required for some teens to get mental health assistance

Sponsored by Rep. Cheryl Youakim (DFL-Hopkins), HF375 would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to consent to mental health services on their own.

Help could be coming for emergency shelters after House panel OKs funding boost

Minnesota's emergency shelter system could be in for a much-needed infusion of state funding.

In effort to close wage gap, employers could be prohibited from asking about past salaries

HF403 aims to close the gap by prohibiting employers, including labor unions and employment agencies, from asking about a prospective employee’s past pay.

Private College Council requests increased funding for the state grant program

Increased funding for the state grant program is a legislative priority for the Minnesota Private College Council this session.

DFL proposal would expand paid sick leave to workers statewide

HF7, sponsored by Rep. Liz Olson (DFL-Duluth) and co-sponsored by 15 other DFLers, would require employers to provide workers at least one hour of health-related paid time off for every 30 hours worked.

Could refinancing be an option for retired power plants?

It’s a common argument from those skeptical about the move toward renewable sources of electricity: What about the people who work at the power plants that will be retired in the transition? What will happen to those communities when one of their largest employers is closed down?

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