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Bill would permit more data to be added to police misconduct database

A database tracking police misconduct – part of the police reform legislation enacted into law last year – won’t work as lawmakers intended without changing the law on what goes into the database.

Proposal would support the Girl Scouts ConnectZ program

HF1092 would appropriate $3 million during the 2022-23 biennium to bolster and expand the ConnectZ program.

Statutory gainsharing program could get heave-ho

Minnesota Management and Budget officials believe the agency best to do away with an employee-reward program they claim is not cost effective.

Updates to cycling laws headed to House Floor

Minnesota law requires motorists to provide at least 3 feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist riding on a road but does not mandate a buffer for a cyclist on the road’s shou...

Increased use of biofuels and electric vehicles the focus of Future Fuels Act

HF2083 would require the state to develop a schedule of annual standards that producers and importers of transportation fuels must meet, with the goal of decreasing the fuels’ carbon intensity by at least 20% by 2035.

Housing panel OKs plan to extend eviction ban beyond emergency pandemic order

Minnesota landlords, generally prohibited from evicting tenants under Gov. Tim Walz's COVID-19 peacetime emergency orders, could be required to wait 60 days before starting most eviction proceedings in the 12 months after the orders expire.

Early Learning Scholarship program would be fully funded under proposal

Early learning scholarships are a way to offer disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-old children better access to high-quality care and learning opportunities.

House committee begins work on omnibus education policy bill

Many of the included proposals “support the whole child and all the needs they have in order to reach their true academic potential,” a Department of Education official said.

Five years too tight for TIF? How about 10?

The clock is ticking on 1,648 development projects in Minnesota. They’re the ones working within the constraints of the state’s tax increment financing laws, which require that ...

Legislation proposes raising bar on training requirements for contract labor at state's refineries

Lawmakers are looking to ensure that employees of companies hired to perform work inside Minnesota's two oil refineries have certain levels of training.

Kinship foster families need more support, advocates say — committee considers how to provide it

The number of foster kids placed with family members has increased significantly over the past few years, but many barriers remain for prospective kinship foster parents.

State lawmakers consider ‘coordinated effort’ to help communities when power plants shutter

HF1750 would create and fund an Energy Transition Legacy Office within the Department of Employment and Economic Development to help these cities deal with the economic disruption resulting from the expected shutdowns.

Farmers could receive grants to start co-ops under House proposal

Minnesota farmers who want to pool resources to increase processing capacity or build markets for their crops and livestock could receive up to $50,000 in state funding.

Municipal street improvement districts green-lighted by House division

HF1565 would allow cities to create street improvement districts and charge for up to 20 years almost all property owners within the designation for street construction, maintenance and upgrades.

Proposal aims to expand students’ access to support personnel

HF1742 would create a new ongoing state aid program to fund additional school support personnel.

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