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Proposal aims to expand students’ access to support personnel

HF1742 would create a new ongoing state aid program to fund additional school support personnel.

Duplicative licensing efforts the target of ‘alternative licensing inspection’ proposal

HF471 aims to eliminate unnecessary licensing overlap through the creation of an “alternative licensing inspection” process that could be requested by eligible license holders.

House division approves $1.50 per pack cigarette tax hike

The House Preventive Health Policy Division approved a bill Wednesday that seeks to further reduce those numbers by raising taxes on cigarettes, cigars and tobacco products, and funding new campaigns to help people quit smoking and stop others from starting.

Legacy committee hears $127 million proposal for Outdoor Heritage Fund

The specifics of where Legacy amendment funds will go for fiscal year 2022 were on the table at Wednesday’s House Legacy Finance Committee meeting.

Lawmakers consider boost to MN's child care assistance reimbursement rates

Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program provider reimbursement rates are well below the national average, and providers say that’s jeopardizing the industry and disadvantaging families.

Duluth, Rochester get committee OK for park dedication fee on new development

Duluth and Rochester seek to require a “reasonable portion of land” be dedicated to the public, or impose a dedication fee on new housing units and new commercial and industrial development in the city. A bill for such received committee approval.

Dental home pilot projects could offer alternatives for public health program enrollees

HF1918 would require the Department of Human Services to establish an advisory committee to lay the groundwork for a dental home pilot project

Facing 'instability and struggle,' grant program could assist students in foster care in quest for college

Sponsored by Rep. Kaohly Vang Her (DFL-St. Paul), HF1802 would create a grant program to assist students who were, or are, in foster care with postsecondary tuition and fees.

Some lawmakers don't think pink passes muster on hunters, look to change 2017 law

HF1562 would only allow blaze gear — required during Minnesota's Nov. 6-Dec. 12 firearm deer-hunting season — to be orange, overturning a 2017 law allowing blaze pink.

Extra unemployment benefits may not be taxed after all

HF1658 would provide a temporary subtraction for those supplemental benefits, effective for tax years 2020 and 2021.

Public safety panel OKs plan to expand state's ignition interlock program

HF1199 would require a person whose driver’s license was revoked for a second DWI in 10 years or third lifetime DWI to get an ignition interlock device installed in order to get back on the road.

Community solar programs could become more widely available under House bills

Minnesota law currently allows for community solar gardens, which work similarly to a cooperative in that the solar arrays are owned by those who use the energy they produce.

Rural school districts could receive more transportation aid to help offset busing costs

Sponsored by Rep. Julie Sandstede (DFL-Hibbing), HF917 would increase the percentage of transportation sparsity funding that school districts receive to help cover some of their unfunded costs.

Bill proposes $10 million for matching grants to local housing trust funds

HF528, sponsored by Rep. Michael Howard (DFL-Richfield), would allocate $10 million from the General Fund in fiscal year 2022 for matching grants to local housing trust funds, which have been established in 13 cities.

Lawmaker seeks ‘overdue’ cash assistance for MFIP families

HF1785 would provide onetime supplemental payments of up to $500 to families on MFIP, using a $17 million appropriation in fiscal year 2022 from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families fund, a federal block grant program.

A touchdown for taxpayers? Excess stadium reserve dollars could be funneled into payoff fund

HF1388 would establish a stadium payoff fund to be filled annually with the excess after stadium-related expenses, or $44 million.

House lawmakers consider amending MN constitution to guarantee all kids a ‘quality public education’

HF874 would amend the Minnesota Constitution to specify that all children have a fundamental right to a quality public education. There is no Senate companion.

Elimination of copays for HIV drugs could help end spread of disease

HF745, sponsored by Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL-Mpls), aims to increase access to these medications by exempting them from Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare copays.

Seeking to boost state's cottage food industry, sales cap could be increased fourfold

HF1430, sponsored by Rep. Samantha Vang (DFL-Brooklyn Center), would increase the annual-sales limit for Minnesota's 4,800-plus cottage-food producers, who sell goods from home and at farmers markets and community events, from $18,000 to $78,000.

Committee considers grants to increase sensory accessibility accommodation

Many sports facilities, art centers, museums and parks have instituted ways to help patrons with sensory issues — something as simple as a room with lower lighting.


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