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Preliminary ‘Minnesota Consumer Data Privacy Act’ proffered, heard by committee

Sponsored by Rep. Steve Elkins (DFL-Bloomington), HF1492 would regulate the collection and treatment of personal data by private entities and provide individuals certain rights regarding such data.

Rep. Wazlawik will not seek reelection in 2022

Rep. Ami Wazlawik (DFL–White Bear Township) is serving her second term in the House. A third will not happen. Wazlawik announced Wednesday that she will not seek reelection ...

State Fair poll shows majority favors masks in schools, increased role for Legislature

A majority of those who responded to the 2021 House of Representatives State Fair Poll support requiring K-12 students to wear masks in school during the 2021-22 school year. The poll found 51.3% of respondents support the idea, 41.3% said they are against the requirement and 7.4% are undecided.

House activity to remain mostly remote during 2022 session

House committees will continue to meet remotely, although House Speaker Melissa Hortman said room 120 in the State Capitol, which will have the technological capability for hybrid meetings, could be used if necessary.

Agriculture committee receives update on drought, proposal to help farmers

In the midst of a significant drought that persists across much of the state, the House Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee held an informational hearing Tuesday to receive...

Majority leader Winkler says he'll seek new role in 2022

House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) announced he will run for Hennepin County Attorney in 2022.

'Highly partisan' congressional district maps proffered by House Redistricting Committee

The House Redistricting Committee received a House DFL proposal last week to redraw the state’s legislative districts. Members met again Tuesday for their first look at the new caucus-proposed maps to reshape Minnesota’s eight congressional districts.

Redistricting committee sees plan to redraw legislative maps

The House Redistricting Committee on Friday got its first look at what could become the House of Representatives’ plan to redraw the state’s legislative districts for the next decade.

Rep. Alice Hausman won't seek re-election after 17 terms

Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL-Falcon Heights) will not be running for re-election to the House in 2022.

Working group hears how new federal funds could affect health and human services

The Department of Human Services’ directors of fiscal policy and budget laid out their understanding of how much is coming in from the feds and the guidelines for its use.

Changes to Board of Animal Health, cottage food law included in ag bill that passes House, Senate

A policy-only, compromise omnibus agriculture bill that includes changes to the state's cottage food law has received legislative approval, despite a disagreement over changes to the Board of Animal Health.

HHS conference committee report passes House, Senate

A pared-down, policy-only omnibus health and human services finance bill — still totaling 520 pages — received House support.

Bill to join Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact going to the governor

There’s a shortage of psychologist and mental health providers in Minnesota and one way lawmakers are aiming to address the issue is by joining the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact.

Legislative leaders, governor reach budget deal as regular session draws to a close

The “numbers-only agreement” amounts to a roughly $51.2 billion 2022-23 biennial budget, a $1.3 billion increase over base.

Some state government, elections changes get House, Senate approval

Operating without a budget target, conferees approved a number of mostly technical and conforming policy provisions that address elections and campaign finance, information technology and state government operations.

'Very important work' on redistricting efforts underway in House

The Legislature is given the power to redraw Minnesota’s legislative districts, a task that must to begin this year in the wake of the 2020 census and the upcoming 2022 elections, when all 201 lawmakers will again be on the ballot.

Electricity from waste wood would continue under bill sent to governor

For a small bug, the emerald ash borer is certainly making big changes to the state’s landscape.

Pared-back state claims bill receives House support

Each year, a joint House-Senate Subcommittee on Claims decides which claims against the state it should fund. This year's controversial bill calls for $109,865 in payments i...

HHS conference committee adopts noncontroversial policy proposals, but no final agreement

The omnibus health and human services conference committee has adopted a series of noncontroversial policy proposals, but conferees have yet to reach agreements on funding as th...

Waiting on tax law changes to file your taxes? Don’t, says revenue commissioner

File now, but stay tuned. That’s the advice from Revenue Commissioner Robert Doty, if you haven’t yet filed your income taxes.

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