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Omnibus education policy bill clears committee along party lines

The omnibus education policy bill was approved, as amended, Friday on an 11-8 party-line vote.

Emergency medical personnel could be allowed to help K-9s injured in line of duty

A bill to allow emergency medical personnel to provide care to police dogs wounded in the line of duty without being licensed by the Board of Veterinary Medicine was held over by a House committee.

Legislation would bar preemptive shifting of negligence-related legal expenses to subcontractors

General contractors could be barred from requiring subcontractors to pay legal costs for construction project-related negligence claims as a condition of accepting a job.

Limits on ‘no-knock’ warrants advance to House Floor

Rep. Athena Hollins (DFL-St. Paul) sponsors HF1762, which would prohibit no-knock warrants when the only underlying crime is suspected drug possession.

Additional emissions data on large polluters could be provided to PCA

The Pollution Control Agency could get more frequent updates on whether emissions levels at the state's largest air polluters are safe.

Bill would permit more data to be added to police misconduct database

A database tracking police misconduct – part of the police reform legislation enacted into law last year – won’t work as lawmakers intended without changing the law on what goes into the database.

Proposal would support the Girl Scouts ConnectZ program

HF1092 would appropriate $3 million during the 2022-23 biennium to bolster and expand the ConnectZ program.

Statutory gainsharing program could get heave-ho

Minnesota Management and Budget officials believe the agency best to do away with an employee-reward program they claim is not cost effective.

Updates to cycling laws headed to House Floor

Minnesota law requires motorists to provide at least 3 feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist riding on a road but does not mandate a buffer for a cyclist on the road’s shou...

Increased use of biofuels and electric vehicles the focus of Future Fuels Act

HF2083 would require the state to develop a schedule of annual standards that producers and importers of transportation fuels must meet, with the goal of decreasing the fuels’ carbon intensity by at least 20% by 2035.

Housing panel OKs plan to extend eviction ban beyond emergency pandemic order

Minnesota landlords, generally prohibited from evicting tenants under Gov. Tim Walz's COVID-19 peacetime emergency orders, could be required to wait 60 days before starting most eviction proceedings in the 12 months after the orders expire.

Early Learning Scholarship program would be fully funded under proposal

Early learning scholarships are a way to offer disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-old children better access to high-quality care and learning opportunities.

House panel digs bill aiming to fund online heavy equipment courses

Can students learn to operate heavy equipment through online courses? Believing they can, Rep. Dave Lislegard (DFL-Aurora) is seeking funds to help expand a program that has...

House committee begins work on omnibus education policy bill

Many of the included proposals “support the whole child and all the needs they have in order to reach their true academic potential,” a Department of Education official said.

Five years too tight for TIF? How about 10?

The clock is ticking on 1,648 development projects in Minnesota. They’re the ones working within the constraints of the state’s tax increment financing laws, which require that ...

Legislation proposes raising bar on training requirements for contract labor at state's refineries

Lawmakers are looking to ensure that employees of companies hired to perform work inside Minnesota's two oil refineries have certain levels of training.

Kinship foster families need more support, advocates say — committee considers how to provide it

The number of foster kids placed with family members has increased significantly over the past few years, but many barriers remain for prospective kinship foster parents.

State lawmakers consider ‘coordinated effort’ to help communities when power plants shutter

HF1750 would create and fund an Energy Transition Legacy Office within the Department of Employment and Economic Development to help these cities deal with the economic disruption resulting from the expected shutdowns.

Farmers could receive grants to start co-ops under House proposal

Minnesota farmers who want to pool resources to increase processing capacity or build markets for their crops and livestock could receive up to $50,000 in state funding.

Municipal street improvement districts green-lighted by House division

HF1565 would allow cities to create street improvement districts and charge for up to 20 years almost all property owners within the designation for street construction, maintenance and upgrades.

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