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House legislation targets ‘loophole’ in state law protecting victims of workplace sexual harassment

HF3010 would prohibit financial settlements of sexual harassment or abuse be provided as severance or wages, which are taxed by the state, in instances where a nondisclosure agreement has been signed.

Bill seeks more authority for Ramsey County in setting speed limits

County roads that were once rural highways run through residential neighborhoods in Ramsey County. Addressing the safety issues on those roads is behind HF2771.

Affordable housing — in Twin Cities and Greater MN —would be focus of new grant program

Does the Twin Cities area have the worst housing shortage in America? A September study by the Minnesota Population Center came to that conclusion. But Rep. Michael Howard (DFL-...

Education committee holds over $225 million proposal to give students more support personnel

The bill, as amended and held over for possible omnibus bill inclusion, would provide $225.6 million in fiscal year 2023 for schools to hire student support personnel.

Proposal would increase upper income limit for child care assistance

HF3861 would expand upper income eligibility for child care assistance from 67% to 85% of the state median income — $75,671 to $96,001 for a family of four in today’s dollars — and establish a co-payment requirement of 14% of family income for families between the two percentages.

Grants proposed to help MN cities, counties withstand impacts of climate change

Sponsored by Rep. Samantha Vang (DFL-Brooklyn Center), HF2200 would establish a grant program to assist cities and counties in mitigating the impacts of climate change and reducing their contributions to the problem.

First-generation homebuyers could get down payment assistance

HF4269 would create a pilot program to provide down payment assistance to first-generation homebuyers.

Juneteenth could become state holiday in Minnesota

Sponsored by Rep. Ruth Richardson (DFL-Mendota Heights), HF3910 would designate Juneteenth, June 19, as a state holiday.

Education panel approves measure to recruit and train school nurses

The School Nurse Organization of Minnesota reports that only one-third of Minnesota schools have a licensed school nurse. That means the medical needs of many students in the st...

House passes proposed hike in trespassing fines for snowmobiles, off-highway vehicles

In an effort to protect landowners and preserve trails, increased trespassing penalties for snowmobiles and off-highway vehicles were passed off the House Floor Monday.

Program aiming to put people on path to self-sufficiency receives bipartisan support

Entering the workforce for the first time can present challenges, particularly for someone who has been at home caring for their family and dependent on another’s income.

House panel hears bill charging advisory council to continue work to end racial, other health inequities

HF4112 would formalize the relationship the Health Equity Advisory and Leadership Council has with the Department of Health.

Down payment assistance grants aim to help aspiring farmers

Looking to help people interested in farming acquire land and increase the food supply in Minnesota, proposed legislation would help farmers get down payment assistance. Spo...

Week in Review: March 7-11

Two weeks from today is the first committee deadline, by when committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin. And in little more than two months, 74 days to be ex...

‘Clean Slate Act’ would offer forgiveness for certain misdemeanor offenses

Expungement is a legal term meaning to delete the court records of person accused or convicted of a crime. An equivalent, non-legal term is forgiveness. That is at the c...

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