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Bill proposes updates to state’s air quality laws, pollution standards

(CORRECTION: Premature deaths in the U.S. exceed 60,000; the original story said 6 milion) In 1985, the Pollution Control Agency started to include air toxic provisions on ...

House re-passes reinsurance bill as amended by conference committee

The state’s reinsurance program seems certain to continue after the House voted 106-25 on Thursday to pass a conference committee report that would reauthorize the Minnesota Premium Security Plan for five years and fund it at $890 million for three years.

Updated budget proposals would invest more in human services workforce

Investing more in the human services workforce and transitioning to a post-COVID world is behind much of Gov. Tim Walz’s $568.8 million supplemental budget proposal for the Department of Human Services.

Wagers on horse races could help competitors later in life

HF3545 would allow fund dollars to also be used to support the adoption, retirement and repurposing of racehorses.

Tax law fiber fix could speed up broadband efforts

Taxes can be complicated, but sometimes tax law makes things more complicated than they need to be. Take, for example, the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program t...

Legislation proposes $97 million for new voluntary prekindergarten program

Sponsored by Rep. Dave Pinto (DFL-St. Paul), the bill would serve as the House Early Childhood Finance and Policy Committee's budget proposal for 4-year-old pre-kindergarten programs.

Policy and technical changes could be coming to many DNR statutes

A series of changes aimed at altering recreational opportunities could come from a bill that would adopt a number of policy and technical proposals sought by the Department of Natural Resources.

Metro Transit updates lawmakers on plans for transition to electric bus fleet

How electric can you get? And how fast? The transition to electric vehicles is clearly afoot, judging from auto manufacturers’ advertising and communications with investors....

State government panel approves omnibus pension, retirement

Fourteen largely non-controversial bills approved by the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement have been rolled into an omnibus pension and retirement bill.

Nonprofit organizations could get funding for fire sprinklers in high-rise buildings

The Nov. 27, 2019 fire in a Minneapolis high-rise building is still influencing possible legislation. Five people were killed in the Cedar-Riverside fire, which led to a new...

Omnibus judiciary and civil law policy bill heads to House Floor

Which House bill has wide-ranging proposals to change laws on marriage licenses, fines for snowmobiling offenses, organ donation, closed captioning TV, and collecting money from...

New peace officer education program proposed to address state’s officer shortage

The plan would create a free intensive, comprehensive peace officer education and training program for college graduates along with a stipend and a signing bonus.

Proposal seeks $300 million to replace all Minnesota’s lead water service lines by 2032

The Department of Health estimates there are about 100,000 water service lines in the state leaching lead into the drinking water flowing through them. Coming in contact wit...

Division OKs what House taxes chair calls ‘biggest property tax cut in 20 years’

Many a legislator has said this session that the chief topic constituents wish to discuss is property taxes. Specifically, that they’re rising at a precipitous clip and putting stress on household budgets.

Construction trades could get two-year licensing break

Looking to provide another boost to industries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers could help those in the construction trades.

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