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State grant deadline extension passed by House

State grant recipients could get more time to use the dollars.

Passed 122-2 by the House Friday, SSHF108, as amended, would allow Minnesota Management and Budget on an individualized basis to extend a state grant issued by June 30, 2020 for two fiscal years beyond the fiscal year the appropriation is scheduled to cancel.

Rep. Michael Nelson (DFL-Brooklyn Park), the bill sponsor, said the COVID-19 pandemic has, for example, stopped or limited research being conducted at the University of Minnesota or services provided by nonprofits, such as employment training or after-school programming.

Current statute provides an opportunity to certify the appropriation for one extra year, thereby the net result of the bill would be a two-year extension.

A report would be due the Legislature by Dec. 31, 2020 that includes a list of requests and whether each was approved.

An amendment successfully offered by House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) also extends to Jan. 1, 2022 when an action for injunctive relief and damages can be brought to the Public Employment Relations Board.

The bill now goes to the Senate; however there is no Senate sponsor.

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