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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.

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.


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