During a week that began with Groundhog Day, it may not be surprising that one of the themes to House meetings over the past few days was legislation that’s been heard before.
From a bill (HF8) in the health finance committee that would change how public health care programs purchase prescription drugs, to a bill (HF151) in the environment committee to appropriate $70 million in environmental trust fund spending, and another (HF7, in the labor committee) to provide paid sick leave, lawmakers revived some familiar topics and debates.
There was even another push started in the state government committee (HF72) to allow daylight saving time to stay in place year-round, and the week ended with a joint hearing Friday of the environment and agriculture committees to discuss the ongoing threat Minnesota trees face from the emerald ash borer.
Next week’s House business will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday with a House Ways and Means Committee hearing that features several bills, including HF445, which would establish a ‘SAFE’ program meant to reimburse law enforcement agencies for costs that may be incurred in the months to come as trials commence for the killing of George Floyd.
Be sure to check the weekly schedule for updates on the days ahead, and let’s take one more look at what you may have missed last week.
Mental health, hemp-tracking software prioritized in agriculture budget
Storm warning: Experts say plan now for state infrastructure damage — or pay more later
Governor's jobs budget targets workers, businesses amidst 'unprecedented' times
House passes bill to clarify and extend court deadlines
Bill aims to create a ‘fair system’ by reforming civil asset forfeiture laws
Walz proposes $745 million in new state aid for E-12 education
Proposal to diversify the teacher workforce receives a second hearing
Public weighs in on racial justice recommendations for MN schools
DFL proposal would expand paid sick leave to workers statewide
In effort to close wage gap, employers could be prohibited from asking about past salaries
Homeowners associations wouldn't have power to say no to solar under bill
Could refinancing be an option for retired power plants?
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Millions of dollars needed to stem emerald ash borer's spread, experts say
Lawmakers consider removing hurdle in holding PFAS polluters accountable
State officials say COVID-19’s been good for park visits, bad for monitoring water
House panel OKs $71 million in conservation trust-funded projects
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Boost to local public health grants could support prevention efforts across state
Bill seeks more upfront transparency in health care costs
MFIP reporting changes proposed to help families get out of deep poverty
Helping people with disabilities live outside nursing homes helps maintain dignity, advocate tells lawmakers
Parental consent may not be required for some teens to get mental health assistance
Lawmakers hear of ‘broken economic model’ that hinders early learning, child care
Support, mentorship for parents helps families reunite
State prescription drug purchasing program wins narrow approval in health committee
Private College Council requests increased funding for the state grant program
Long-term boost to emergency services funding another proposal aimed at tackling MN homelessness crisis
Help could be coming for emergency shelters after House panel OKs funding boost
Bill proposes ongoing assistance for state's struggling renters
Measure mandating local governments to create civilian oversight of law enforcement clears public safety panel
Legislation to exclude white supremacists from police ranks advances in House
Proposed ‘SAFE’ account aims to reimburse mutual aid costs for critical incidents
House panel hears bill to give Legislature say in COVID-19 response, but takes no vote
Legislative Commission on Cybersecurity proposed to shore up state systems
Is it time to end 'spring ahead, fall back?'
Walz tax proposal: Supporting 'those who have been hurt the most’ or ‘class warfare?’
Transportation committee approves limits on driver’s license suspensions
VETERANS AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
Panel OKs updating veterans law to ensure adult day program's standing