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News from Representative Nornes

Tuesday, May 08, 2012
I’d like to highlight a few bills that have been passed by the House recently that were part of our Reform 2.0 package this session. These bills benefit our military veterans and small businesses in Minnesota. HF 1821, introduced by Rep. Dettmer and passed by the House, helps veteran-owned small businesses in Minnesota. This bill strengthens requirements for MnDOT when administering a program that provides a bid preference to veteran-owned small businesses when competing for state-funded construction-related contracts. The bill also authorizes counties to create a bid-preference program for veteran-owned small businesses competing for county contracts to provide the county with goods, services, and construction-related work. This bill will benefit many of our Veterans returning home. The House re-passed the Omnibus Education bill after conference committee recently. One highlight of this bill includes teachers who are National Guard members. The bill would have school districts cover a differential in pay if the teacher is deployed as part of their Guard service. The Omnibus Transportation bill also passed the House recently and included a provision I authored for road guards for motorcycles. This would allow permit holders of a motorcycle road guard certificate who are acting as a flagger for a motorcycle ride, to stop and hold traffic in certain instances. HF 1721, a bill introduced by Rep. Gunther, the chairman of the Jobs and Economic Development Committee was passed by the House last week. This bill contains one of our Reform 2.0 provisions– it would create an ombudsman who would be a one-stop-shop for businesses to go to for help with agency filings, or any issues they are having with permitting. We also passed a bill that will help to reduce welfare fraud in Minnesota. This bill was passed with bipartisan support on a vote of 89-40. HF 2232 focuses on getting different parts of state government and different agencies to share data that would allow them to find people with expired IDs and make sure they aren’t illegally enrolled in welfare programs in Minnesota. We also passed the bonding bill yesterday which will provide flood mitigation for many parts of Minnesota that suffer each year from rivers overflowing and flooding. It also provides funding for improvements to roads and bridges across Minnesota as well as funding for our higher education facilities. The Vikings stadium bill also passed late Monday night on a 73-58 vote. It is now headed over to the Senate today for a vote. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 651-296-4946 or email me at Sincerely, Bud
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