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As Minnesota farmers age, bill would step up outreach to potential farmers of color

HF2298, sponsored by Rep. Samantha Vang (DFL-Brooklyn Center), would allocate $300,000 next biennium to establish an emerging farmer office within the Department of Agriculture

Proposal would modify compensatory education revenue formula

The state’s compensatory education revenue formula provides additional funding to school districts to support students who are not meeting state standards.

Committee begins discussion of governor’s human services budget

The House Human Services Finance and Policy Committee began its consideration Wednesday of the budget proposed by Gov. Tim Walz for the Department of Human Services during the upcoming biennium.

House leadership proposes $52.5 billion budget for upcoming biennium

The House DFL Caucus released its $52.5 billion in budget targets for the 2022-23 biennium Tuesday.

Extension of COVID-19 presumption included in approved bill

For workers' compensation purposes, the presumption that first responders, law enforcement and health care providers with COVID-19 caught the disease on the job could be extended until Jan. 1, 2022.

Funding sought to help teachers teach economics and personal finance

HF2146 would help fund professional development courses on economics and personal finances to Minnesota’s K-12 teachers.

Revised Walz budget would increase Minnesota State funding, reinstate proposed program cuts

The House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee set its sights on Gov. Tim Walz’s postsecondary education budget and policy recommendations again Tuesday.

New tax bracket for state’s highest earners gets first hearing in House

After being bandied about in big-picture tax policy discussions for at least a few years — and appearing in Gov. Tim Walz’s tax proposal for this session — a proposed fifth income tax tier made its House Taxes Committee debut Tuesday.

Cameras could be used to catch work zone speeders

Sponsored by Rep. Connie Bernardy (DFL-New Brighton), HF2295 would establish a work zone safety pilot program.

House committee approves bill to add ‘more timely’ expansion to bias crime laws

HF1691 would expand crimes motivated by bias to include bias against a person due to the person’s gender, gender identity, or gender expression, as well as bias against a person who associates with someone in a protected group.

House passes $104.5 million student summer learning package

HF1064 would appropriate $104.5 million to provide additional summer programming to help students make up for learning loss during the coronavirus pandemic.

Local projects would get a boost from property tax division report

If you seek an example of a bipartisan bill, look no further than the proposed House Property Tax Division report.

House passes bill prohibiting price gouging during public emergencies

HF844 would prohibit retailers from increasing the prices of essential goods and services by more than 30% during, and for 30 days after, a public emergency is declared by the governor.

House votes 130-3 to expand mandatory reporters of child maltreatment

A plan to increase the list of who must report known or suspected maltreatment of children to authorities received overwhelming House support.

Proposal to address long-standing inequities in vaccination rates is heard, held over

Minnesota’s Department of Health has been working to address disparities in vaccine use for decades, yet significant gaps continue to exist along racial and ethnic lines and for those with disabilities.

House passes measure requiring fire sprinkler systems in tall residential buildings

HF109 would require existing residential buildings above the 75-foot reach of fire department vehicles to install automatic sprinkler systems, already a requirement for buildings built after 1979.

Pesticide scrutinized for affecting child brain development could be banned

A widely used pesticide could be banned in Minnesota, out of concern that exposure can stunt child brain development.

Bill would fund study on effectiveness of state programs to aid small businesses

A quick visit to the Department of Employment and Economic Development website shows myriad educational programs and grants to help small businesses start up, grow, and prosper.

Interpreter pay increase aims to assist in assuring court system fairness

HF972 would appropriate a yet-to-be-determined amount in fiscal year 2022 to increase pay for interpreters who are independent contractors.

Week in Review: March 15-19

If long days at the Legislature are taking their toll, take heart because you can choose from several reasons to celebrate this weekend. Today is the second committee deadline a...

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