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State’s small businesses could get COVID-19 boost from $100 million grant program

HF4522 would appropriate $100 million from the General Fund for a pandemic relief program.

Division report proposes additional $146 million funding to combat homelessness this biennium

Creating and improving more shelter space, increased efforts to combat homelessness among youth and funding those helping to address homelessness issues are among the focuses of the division report from the House Preventing Homelessness Division.

Bill would grant 21-minute increase in teacher prep time requirements

HF3926 would increase preparation time from about 45 minutes a day to about 66 minutes a day.

$40 million sought to provide better protection for vulnerable adults

Legislators heard earlier this session about the issues with the Minnesota Vulnerable Adults Act, which aims to protect adults at risk of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.

Local government division OKs bill to update state’s 1909 Memorial Day law

World War I had not occurred when a law was enacted allowing cities to have an “appropriate observance” of Memorial Day each year “in the annual commemoration of the noble and v...

House panel advances bill targeting MN's racial homeownership gap

Creating and encouraging homeownership opportunities has often been discussed by the House Local Government Division this session. Wednesday was no different, although the f...

Division considers new state agency focused on behavioral health

Rep. Zack Stephenson (DFL-Coon Rapids) says more than 20% of Minnesota adults report having a mental illness but, given the stigma surrounding mental health issues, the true num...

Bill seeks funding for 15 physicians to treat addiction issues across state

Held over is a bill to appropriate $1.2 million for Hennepin County Medical Center to support three physicians per year enrolled in an addiction medicine fellowship program.

Could tax credits help slow climate change?

A new term could enter state statute: “climate action expenditures.” Those would be the sums a resident pays to make their home more energy efficient, purchase an electric v...

‘Comprehensive approach’ proposed to help youths in the criminal justice system with mental illness

Speak to anyone who works in the criminal justice system — law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, or judges — and you’ll likely hear the system is not doing justice to...

Grants could increase composting opportunities at multi-unit properties

Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL-Mpls) has heard constituents say they would leave their home to bring organic waste to locations that ensure composting. Hornstein said about 1,000...

Lawmakers propose renaming stretch of highway to honor Prince

The state could pay homage to a musical icon by renaming part of Highway 5 in the western Twin Cities area the “Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Highway.”

Proposal seeks to tighten lead testing standards in school drinking water, fund remediation efforts

HF3265 would require remediation work if the lead level in a school’s water exceeds 5 parts per billion, and require schools to report lead test results and their remediation efforts

Revised Future Fuels Act would tighten emissions standards

What can Minnesota do to play a role in slowing down climate change? Tim Sexton believes he has a clear idea. “This is the single biggest policy lever the state can use to r...

Bill readying state’s response to potential cyberattacks heads for House Floor

For people charged with digital security in the information technology industry, the mantra is when, not if, a cyberattack will occur.

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