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Funding boost requested to fill statewide gaps in mental health services

HF1600 would provide $6 million funding boosts to the state’s Adult Mental Health Initiative grants in fiscal years 2022 and 2023.

Approved plan to eliminate paperwork could help providers combat addiction

In Minnesota, clinicians in substance use disorder treatment programs can spend more than 25% of their time away from clients, working on paperwork.

Committee hears Family Child Care Task Force legislative recommendations

Providers, licensors, lawmakers and others interested in family child care have spent the past two years working together in a manner that has rarely been seen in this industry.

Candidates with ‘reasonable fear’ may be able to keep their home address private

HF1207 would expand current statute that allows a candidate to request their home address be classified as private data if “a police report has been submitted or an order for protection has been issued in regard to the safety of the candidate or the candidate's family.”

Seeking to aid post-COVID catch-up, House panel approves summer school funding bill

School districts are already planning for their summer school programming to help mitigate students’ pandemic-related learning loss.

State lawmakers could make four MN tax credits bigger — and simpler

The House Taxes Committee laid over four bills for possible omnibus bill inclusion, each designed to either expand tax credits or simplify them.

DFL bill to cap copays on drugs for chronic diseases clears committee along party lines

HF2056 would cap co-payments on prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions at $25 per month.

New proposal targets drivers who ignore school bus stop-arms

HF2172 would use an increased fine for stop arm violations violations to equip school buses with a camera to catch offenders.

Tourism businesses could receive grants to help with post-pandemic marketing

HF1233, sponsored by Rep. Shelly Christensen (DFL-Stillwater), would create four Explore Minnesota Tourism-run, $1 million grant programs to help with marketing and events.

Bill would boost ‘woefully inadequate’ funds for crime victims by $8 million

Crime victims can apply for emergency state funds to help them recover from what they have suffered.

Bill could boost temporary housing program for low-income people with mental illnesses

More low-income Minnesotans with mental illnesses could receive short-term housing assistance while waiting for Section 8 vouchers or public housing.

Teachers included in proposed funding increase for school-linked mental health grants

HF635 would provide an additional $6.01 million in fiscal year 2021 to increase support of school-linked mental health grants.

Closed landfills could go solar if pilot project flies

Could the sun turn brownfields green? Could ground that once hosted landfills and resists development because of residual toxins be put to good use with solar energy arrays?

Lawmakers elect four new U of M regents during joint House, Senate session

The House and Senate met in a joint convention Monday to elect four new members to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.

Meat inspections, pesticide management would get boost under omnibus agriculture finance bill

HF1524, sponsored by Rep. Mike Sundin (DFL-Esko), was laid over Monday by the House Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee.

Eligibility for substitute teaching licenses could be expanded

Sponsored by Rep. Patricia Mueller (R-Austin), HF699 aims to address a shortage of licensed substitute teachers by establishing a three-year short-call substitute teacher pilot program.

$15 million in matching funds proposed for minority-owned businesses

HF1999 would appropriate $15 million from the General Fund in fiscal year 2022 for loans to small businesses with a goal of 75% of the funds going to minority-owned businesses and 25% to businesses owned by women, veterans, or persons with a substantial physical disability.

Watercraft fee increase resurfaces in House panel

HF1896, sponsored by Rep. Kelly Morrison (DFL-Deephaven), would increase the watercraft surcharge boat owners pay along with registration fees from $10.60 to $25.

Competitive bidding change aims to help more small and veteran-owned businesses

A modification to the county bidding process could create more opportunities for smaller and veteran-owned businesses.

Week in Review: March 8-12

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