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DFL lawmaker renews push to ensure disabled workers earn minimum wage

HF439, sponsored by Rep. Jay Xiong (DFL-St. Paul), would require all workers with disabilities to earn at least the prevailing minimum wage by Aug. 1, 2025, with new a task force building a phase-out plan.

Public safety panel OKs measure to keep probationers out of jail for minor violations

Proposed legislation would prevent courts from jailing people for minor, first-time parole violations, such as violating a curfew or getting a traffic ticket.

Interpreter pay increase aims to assist in assuring court system fairness

HF972 would appropriate a yet-to-be-determined amount in fiscal year 2022 to increase pay for interpreters who are independent contractors.

House passes bill to permit MN to enforce Canadian orders for protection

Domestic violence victims with protective orders still may feel the need to get far away from their abusers, even across international borders. But if an abuser follows, cur...

Minnesota Zoo could get another state funding boost

HF1989, sponsored by Rep. John Huot (DFL-Rosemount), would increase the zoo's fiscal year 2021 allocation by $1.6 million and boost its General Fund allocation from $19.6 million this biennium to $29.5 million next biennium.

Working group urged to study training practices, certification for 911 dispatchers

HF515 would establish a statewide working group to recommend minimum training and set continuing education standards for certification of 911 telecommunicators.

Committee considers a boost in funding — and a revamp — to Corridors of Commerce program

While just about everyone agrees more money is needed for Minnesota’s roads, ongoing funding sources are few and the competition for those dollars among the many worthy construction and maintenance projects is fierce.

Sanneh Foundation mentoring program could receive ongoing state funding

HF1422 would appropriate $4 million to the Sanneh Foundation during the 2022-23 biennium for its youth mentoring program.

Natural gas utilities could go local with alternative sources

HF239, the Natural Gas Innovation Act, would encourage natural gas utilities to develop innovative resources like renewable natural gas, biogas, power-to-hydrogen and power-to-ammonia.

Single-family home repair funds could be allocated to rural cities

Minnesota's rural cities could get funding to fix up ailing single-family homes, which advocates say could help address a shortage of workforce housing outside of the Twin Citie...

Long-standing partnership between state, tribal nations could become state law

Since at least the administration of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, an executive order has been issued by the governor ordering state agencies to consult with the state’s 11 federally recognized tribal nations in addressing state matters with tribal implications.

Lawmakers seek way to soften blow of spikes in price of natural gas

The attack of the dekatherms may sound like a sci-fi flick, but it may be a real-life conflict headed straight for your wallet.

Benefits for injured police officers would be studied under bill advancing in House

HF1577, sponsored by Rep. Jon Koznick (R-Lakeville), would require the Department of Labor and Industry to study benefits provided to disabled or injured policy officers by Jan. 15, 2022.

Grant program aims to support young adults with learning differences and autism

HF1972 would create a competitive grant program for postsecondary institutions that serve students with autism and learning differences.

Whether you rent or own your home, your tax refund could grow

When you hear “copay” you probably think of health care costs and what your insurance requires when you visit a doctor or buy a prescription. But where you live comes with a “copay,” too.

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