This week, the House debated and passed three supplemental omnibus bills. Before I provide a summaries of these bills, I want folks to understand that these bills do not spend any new state money. Instead, if funding is included, it is from the reprioritization of already existing funds.
K-12 and Higher Education
On Monday, the House passed the supplemental K-12 and Higher Education omnibus bill. Included in this bill are a number provisions aimed at closing Minnesota’s achievement gap, reducing our teacher shortage, bringing additional accountability to the University of Minnesota, and lowers the cost of higher education for Minnesota students.
Included in the Higher Education portion of the bill is a provision I authored that gives a grant to Southwest Minnesota State University for an online teaching training program designed to help special education paraprofessionals become licensed special education teachers.
Jobs, Agriculture, and Environment
The House debated and passed the supplemental Jobs, Agriculture, and Environment omnibus bill. This legislation includes a number of provisions that will benefit Greater Minnesota including:
I authored two provisions included in this bill. The first expands the definition of costs eligible for recovery under the Petrofund petroleum cleanup program. The second adds several consumer protection provisions to the plan that an owner of a community solar garden must submit to the Public Utilities Commission for approval before the project can begin operation.
Health and Human Services, State Government Finance, and Public Safety
The last bill that was passed by the House this week was the Health and Human Services, State Government Finance, and Public Safety. This bill focuses on increasing access and affordability of child care and health care in Minnesota, improving quality of life for Minnesota seniors, putting an end to MNsure, and eliminating unnecessary taxpayer-funded travel and pay raises for highly-paid commissioners.
Staying in Touch
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these issues or anything else before the legislature, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-5374 or via email at email@example.com.
Have a great weekend!