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Bill aims to help build community wealth by supporting shared ownership

Shared ownership can be an effective way for people in underrepresented communities to own businesses and build wealth. But there isn’t really a statewide system to support ...

House health panel lays over bill to fund programs aiding trauma victims

Karen Wells was one of several people testifying Monday in favor of a bill that would establish programs to help trauma victims recover. She is the mother of Amir Locke, who...

Farm to School grants could double, add child care providers

Seeing a large demand for Farm to School grants, which schools use to purchase food from local farmers, lawmakers could expand the program. Sponsored by Rep. Todd Lippert (D...

Week in Review: March 14-18

Spring will officially begin Sunday but deadline season is also right around the corner at the Capitol. The first committee deadline, by when committees must act favorably o...

Schools could be prohibited from using recess restrictions to discipline young students

Kids spending long hours in school need a break for their social, emotional and physical well-being, Rep. Heather Edelson (DFL-Edina) told the House Education Policy Committee Friday.

Bipartisan proposal could secure stable funding for soil and water conservation districts

It’s not quite a tale as old as time, but it is one that seems to come up every legislative session, at least for the last several years: We have 88 soil and water conservation ...

Legislation to end racial, ethnic discrimination in organ transplants heads to House Floor

A 2021 law made it unlawful to limit a patient’s access to an organ transplant based on physical, sensory, or mental impairment. Rep. Ruth Richardson (DFL-Mendota Heights) s...

Proposed Office of the Foster Youth Ombudsperson gets committee OK

Committee approval was given to a bill that would create the Office of the Foster Youth Ombudsperson and Board of the Foster Youth Ombudsperson.

House passes measure to provide emergency staffing, COVID-19 waivers

The Department of Human Services could continue some COVID-19-related program modifications and waivers, under a bill passed Thursday by the House. Many of the provisions were a...

House panel considers $73 million plan to aid early child care providers

The COVID-19 pandemic was the proverbial last straw for some Minnesota child care providers with financial and personal challenges leading to many business closures. Subsequ...

Public safety panel approves $3 million for inmate job training, education programs

Of people incarcerated in Minnesota prisons, 95% will one day be back living in our communities, according to the Department of Corrections.

Use of lead in fishing, hunting focus of proposed Minnesota Swan Protection Act

Taking another look at lead being used in fishing and hunting and its devastating impacts on native waterfowl, lawmakers could establish the Minnesota Swan Protection Act.

Reducing barriers to disability services goal of proposed task force

A bill to create an accessibility task force and pilot programs to identify and address access to disability services was held over by a House committee.

Bill aims to cut into weatherization assistance backlog

The state’s Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income residents would need 291 years to address the needs of every currently eligible household.

House panel OKs proposed ‘Maya’s Law’ to give child abuse victims more privacy in interviews

Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn (DFL-Roseville) sponsors HF3971, also called “Maya’s Law,” which would ensure interviews by child welfare investigators take place outside the presence of an alleged abuser.

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