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Week in Review: March 1-5

From a bill targeted at systemic racism to additional protections for meatpacking workers, proposals to begin automatic voter registration and a benefits extension for hourly sc...

PROMISE Act would provide $268 million to businesses suffering after last year's civil unrest

The “Providing Resources, Opportunity, and Maximizing Investments in Striving Entrepreneurs (PROMISE) Act” would create a Civil Unrest Immediate Relief Program funded by a $267.6 million General Fund appropriation in fiscal year 2021.

Lawmaker pushes 'common-sense' interventions for kids with asthma

Asthma attacks can be terror-inducing for children and parents, and often require intensive respiratory treatment and ongoing medication.

MN high school seniors might be required to take personal finance course

What would be a valuable course for high school students to take? One of the top answers they give is personal finance. Sponsored by Rep. Hodan Hassan (DFL-Mpls), HF1617, as...

Conditional release for inmates who give birth heads to full House

HF1403 would allow the Department of Corrections to conditionally release, for up to one year, an inmate who is postpartum and gave birth within eight months of the date of commitment.

Divided along party lines, subcommittee OK's expanded COVID-19 business reopening plan

HF1514 would create an operating system based on one of five statewide COVID-19 risk levels. Affected businesses include: bars and restaurants, wedding reception venues, fitness centers, salons, pools and water parks. It would expire when the peacetime emergency ends.

Increased wages for PCAs core of proposed rate framework changes

HF663 would adjust the rate framework used for reimbursing PCA services and implement program integrity measures.

Relief proposed for loggers affected by paper mill closure

HF1260, sponsored by Rep. Rob Ecklund (DFL-International Falls), would allow for extensions of, and refunds on, timber permits issued before July 1, 2020, in areas with large concentrations of spruce trees and balsam firs.

Private prison prohibition heads to House Floor

HF1074 which would require state prison and local jail inmates to be housed only in publicly owned and operated prisons and jails.

Big boost in funding proposed to help pregnant women, families with young children

The state’s Family Home Visiting program, which provides voluntary services for pregnant women and families with young children most in need of support could get a funding boost.

Debt collection practices by landlords could see stiffer regulation

HF969, sponsored by Rep. Samantha Vang (DFL-Brooklyn Center), would prohibit landlords from using certain practices to collect unpaid rents and fees.

Biennial water-quality proposal boosted by February budget forecast

HF639, sponsored by Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul) would allocate $256.8 million from the Clean Water Fund to dozens of water-quality projects in fiscal years 2022-23.

Prosecutors would have more leeway to request reduced sentences under bill headed to House Floor

Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Moller (DFL-Shoreview), HF901 would allow prosecutors to initiate a process to resentence a person convicted of a crime.

Divided House committee OK's $450m DFL plan targeted at 'ending systemic racism' in MN

“Will the Legislature send a message that Minnesota will lead in ending systemic racism and racial injustice and invest in stabilizing Minnesota’s African American communities and families?” Rep. John Thompson (DFL-St. Paul) proffers a $457 million answer via HF784.

College in the Schools teacher training program could get funding extension

With a goal of expanding students’ access the program, HF649, sponsored by Rep. Julie Sandstede (DFL-Hibbing), would appropriate $2 million during the 2022-23 biennium to help educators attain the needed credentials to teach concurrent enrollment classes.

Allowing care attendants to help people with disabilities travel would have ‘big impact,’ advocates say

HF1431, sponsored by Rep. Luke Frederick (DFL-Mankato) would modify the personal care assistance and community first services and supports programs to specify that “traveling” can include driving and accompanying a person to medical appointments and other locations.

Should MN allow solar generation on prime farmland?

Is electricity a new crop to harvest from Minnesota’s prime farmland? Or are rural solar arrays taking valuable acreage out of the food chain?

Legacy funds could help close the swimming gap

HF1166, sponsored by Rep. Ami Wazlawik (DFL-White Bear Township), would provide $500,000 in fiscal year 2022 for water safety grants to be funded by the state’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Meatpacking workers — their plight spotlighted amid pandemic — afforded more protections under bill advancing in House

Minnesota meatpacking companies could be required to install more stringent COVID-19 measures, while their workers could be allowed to refuse to work in dangerous conditions without getting fired or facing retaliation.

House health panel considers trauma-centered approach to prevent gun violence

“Trauma is both a cause and an effect of gun violence,” so efforts to address that trauma early on are key to prevention efforts, said Ayolanda Evans Mack, director of community...

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