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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...

State officials, lawmakers give Launch Minnesota program A+ on mid-term report card

HF2066 would make mid-course adjustments to the program to ensure it will be ready to transition from a state-supported program

DFL lawmaker renews push to ensure disabled workers earn minimum wage

HF439, sponsored by Rep. Jay Xiong (DFL-St. Paul), would require all workers with disabilities to earn at least the prevailing minimum wage by Aug. 1, 2025, with new a task force building a phase-out plan.

Public safety panel OKs measure to keep probationers out of jail for minor violations

Proposed legislation would prevent courts from jailing people for minor, first-time parole violations, such as violating a curfew or getting a traffic ticket.

Long-standing partnership between state, tribal nations could become state law

Since at least the administration of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, an executive order has been issued by the governor ordering state agencies to consult with the state’s 11 federally recognized tribal nations in addressing state matters with tribal implications.

House passes bill to permit MN to enforce Canadian orders for protection

Domestic violence victims with protective orders still may feel the need to get far away from their abusers, even across international borders. But if an abuser follows, cur...

Minnesota Zoo could get another state funding boost

HF1989, sponsored by Rep. John Huot (DFL-Rosemount), would increase the zoo's fiscal year 2021 allocation by $1.6 million and boost its General Fund allocation from $19.6 million this biennium to $29.5 million next biennium.

Working group urged to study training practices, certification for 911 dispatchers

HF515 would establish a statewide working group to recommend minimum training and set continuing education standards for certification of 911 telecommunicators.

Committee considers a boost in funding — and a revamp — to Corridors of Commerce program

While just about everyone agrees more money is needed for Minnesota’s roads, ongoing funding sources are few and the competition for those dollars among the many worthy construction and maintenance projects is fierce.

Sanneh Foundation mentoring program could receive ongoing state funding

HF1422 would appropriate $4 million to the Sanneh Foundation during the 2022-23 biennium for its youth mentoring program.

Natural gas utilities could go local with alternative sources

HF239, the Natural Gas Innovation Act, would encourage natural gas utilities to develop innovative resources like renewable natural gas, biogas, power-to-hydrogen and power-to-ammonia.

Single-family home repair funds could be allocated to rural cities

Minnesota's rural cities could get funding to fix up ailing single-family homes, which advocates say could help address a shortage of workforce housing outside of the Twin Citie...

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