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Closed landfills could go solar if pilot project flies

Could the sun turn brownfields green? Could ground that once hosted landfills and resists development because of residual toxins be put to good use with solar energy arrays?

Committee hears Family Child Care Task Force legislative recommendations

Providers, licensors, lawmakers and others interested in family child care have spent the past two years working together in a manner that has rarely been seen in this industry.

Candidates with ‘reasonable fear’ may be able to keep their home address private

HF1207 would expand current statute that allows a candidate to request their home address be classified as private data if “a police report has been submitted or an order for protection has been issued in regard to the safety of the candidate or the candidate's family.”

Lawmakers elect four new U of M regents during joint House, Senate session

The House and Senate met in a joint convention Monday to elect four new members to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.

Meat inspections, pesticide management would get boost under omnibus agriculture finance bill

HF1524, sponsored by Rep. Mike Sundin (DFL-Esko), was laid over Monday by the House Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee.

Eligibility for substitute teaching licenses could be expanded

Sponsored by Rep. Patricia Mueller (R-Austin), HF699 aims to address a shortage of licensed substitute teachers by establishing a three-year short-call substitute teacher pilot program.

$15 million in matching funds proposed for minority-owned businesses

HF1999 would appropriate $15 million from the General Fund in fiscal year 2022 for loans to small businesses with a goal of 75% of the funds going to minority-owned businesses and 25% to businesses owned by women, veterans, or persons with a substantial physical disability.

Week in Review: March 8-12

You’ll lose an hour of sleep but also an hour of evening darkness this weekend as daylight saving time begins bright and early (2 a.m.) Sunday morning. So don’t forget to set th...

Omnibus education policy bill clears committee along party lines

The omnibus education policy bill was approved, as amended, Friday on an 11-8 party-line vote.

Emergency medical personnel could be allowed to help K-9s injured in line of duty

A bill to allow emergency medical personnel to provide care to police dogs wounded in the line of duty without being licensed by the Board of Veterinary Medicine was held over by a House committee.

Legislation would bar preemptive shifting of negligence-related legal expenses to subcontractors

General contractors could be barred from requiring subcontractors to pay legal costs for construction project-related negligence claims as a condition of accepting a job.

Limits on ‘no-knock’ warrants advance to House Floor

Rep. Athena Hollins (DFL-St. Paul) sponsors HF1762, which would prohibit no-knock warrants when the only underlying crime is suspected drug possession.

Watercraft fee increase resurfaces in House panel

HF1896, sponsored by Rep. Kelly Morrison (DFL-Deephaven), would increase the watercraft surcharge boat owners pay along with registration fees from $10.60 to $25.

Competitive bidding change aims to help more small and veteran-owned businesses

A modification to the county bidding process could create more opportunities for smaller and veteran-owned businesses.

Additional emissions data on large polluters could be provided to PCA

The Pollution Control Agency could get more frequent updates on whether emissions levels at the state's largest air polluters are safe.

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