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Customized living program for adults with disabilities could see funding boost

Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Moller (DFL-Shoreview), HF2153 would appropriate $2 million during the 2022-23 biennium to support the Customized Living Quality Improvement grant program.

Electric vehicle drivers could get a charge out of visiting county buildings

County government centers would be destinations where you could boost your battery under a bill sponsored by Rep. Greg Boe (R-Chanhassen).

Elections panel hears bill requiring early voting instructions in languages other than English

Sponsored by Rep. Jay Xiong (DFL-St. Paul), HF158 would require the Office of the Secretary of State to prepare in-person absentee-voting — or early voting — instructions in languages other than English.

Racial equity impact note could be needed for proposed legislation

HF2297 would require the Legislative Budget Office, upon request from a committee’s chair or ranking minority party member, to coordinate completion of a racial equity impact note.

House lawmakers pass extension of COVID-19 workers' comp presumption for certain workers

HF1203 builds off a 2020 law that created the presumption for health care workers, public safety employees and workers providing emergency child care.

House passes recall protections for laid-off hospitality workers

A bill requiring shuttered hospitality businesses to notify laid-off workers when they reopen, and rehire them to positions for which they are qualified before turning to new workers, has passed the House.

House passes measure prohibiting employers from asking about past salaries

Minnesota employers would be prohibited from asking about past salaries under HF403, passed 80-51 by the House Thursday.

House passes paid sick and safe time mandate

The House has passed legislation that would require employers to provide workers with at least one hour of paid sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked.

Some critical habitat license plate revenues could get new uses

HF1877, sponsored by Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul), would dedicate revenue from the fish-and-angler plate to aquatic-management purposes and revenue from the pollinator plate to the planting of pollinator friendly vegetation on residential lawns.

House panel OKs expedited police release of deadly force video footage to family of victims

HF1103 would require law enforcement agencies to release unedited body camera recordings of deadly force incidents to the deceased person’s family and representatives within 48 hours of the incident.

Lawmakers take first steps toward land bridge over I-94 reconnecting St. Paul's Rondo neighborhood

HF2169 would fund the initial steps of constructing a land bridge over a stretch of Interstate 94 through St. Paul to reconnect the Rondo neighborhood.

Tax credits for donations to affordable housing projects proposed under bill Ok'd in House committee

Instead of having their state income tax dollars go into the General Fund, Minnesota businesses and individuals could be allowed to dedicate them to affordable housing projects.

Committee hears proposal that aims to reduce childhood hunger

Sponsored by Rep. Sydney Jordan (DFL-Mpls), HF1985 would enroll more schools in the federal Community Eligibility Provision program, which provides no-cost meals to all students in high-poverty neighborhoods.

Installing solar could get cheaper with tax credit

But Rep. Robert Bierman (DFL-Apple Valley) saw something in Iowa he thought would make a lot of sense for Minnesota: The state offers a nonrefundable tax credit to taxpayers who install a solar energy system.

Committees hear request for $2 million to fund community-based chemical dependency recovery organizations

HF2084 would appropriate $2 million from the General Fund in both years of the 2022-23 biennium to the Department of Human Services for grants to recovery community organizations.

Proposal could stabilize regional public library systems’ state funding

HF1710, sponsored by Rep. Dan Wolgamott (DFL-St. Cloud), would increase funding for the state’s regional public library systems and modify the aid distribution formula.

State could collect more from profit shifters under bills

HF2114, sponsored by the committee’s chair, Rep. Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth), would make all income of a controlled foreign corporation subject to the state’s tax apportionment formula.

Homeless vets could get housing support through proposed omnibus bill

Minnesota's 150 homeless veterans who do not qualify for assistance through a federal program because of their discharge status could receive state housing vouchers and wraparound services.

Applying for college? Proposed pilot program aims to simplify the process

Sponsored by Rep. Jim Davnie (DFL-Mpls), HF2205 would create a pilot program to automatically offer eligible public high school seniors conditional admission to Minnesota State colleges and universities.

Property Tax Division wraps up its report, calls it a session

After spending almost three months deep in the heart of taxes, the House Property Tax Division put the finishing touches on its report Wednesday and adjourned for the year, barring any unforeseen business.

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