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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

You’ll lose an hour of sleep but also an hour of evening darkness this weekend as daylight saving time begins bright and early (2 a.m.) Sunday morning. So don’t forget to set th...

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.


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