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Avoiding ballot confusion is genesis of bill awaiting action by full House

If the 2020 election is any indication, before voters go to the polls this November they will receive myriad political mailings. "Everybody I talked to was blown away at the...

Bill proposes a greater say in state government for MN youth

Sponsored by Rep. Jim Davnie (DFL-Mpls), HF3853 would establish the Minnesota Youth Advisory Council

Bill offering relief for drought-hit farmers passes House

The damage is done from the drought of 2021, but help could be on the way for the farmers who sustained the worst of it.

MN freight rail lines in need of investment, bill’s supporters say

Investing in freight rail returns value to the state, argue supporters of a bill to provide an additional $20 million for smaller rail lines.

Fall’s property tax refunds could become part of spring income tax refunds

HF3558 would convert the state’s property tax refund programs — the homestead credit refund, the renter’s credit, and what’s called the “targeting refund” — into a refundable income tax credit.

How should Minnesota prepare for climate change? UN report’s co-author has some ideas

According to the report, significant changes are already afoot, and human activity is a chief cause.

Legislation would help school districts cover miles of unfunded transportation costs

Sponsored by Rep. Julie Sandstede (DFL-Hibbing), HF917 would help school districts cover some of their unfunded costs by increasing the transportation adjustment from 18.2% to 70% of a district’s unfunded pupil transportation costs for the previous year.

Funds sought for amateur sports, training facility study in south metro

What started 20 years ago as a drumbeat of needs for an amateur sports facility in the southern part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, has in the words of Joe Atkins, become a “full brass band.”

Protecting MN renters from radon ‘a basic responsibility’

Minnesota landlords have no obligations to notify tenants of radon concentrations when renting their properties.

Legislation would scrap Columbus Day, replace with Indigenous Peoples Day as state holiday

Educating students about Indigenous peoples and their cultural heritage would help create a more historically aware society, says the sponsor of a bill proposing to change a state holiday.

Workforce committee approves additional $5 million to address child care shortage

A shortage of 95,000 child care slots in the state is an all-hands-on-deck situation, said Rep. Liz Olson (DFL-Duluth).

Reenlistment, commissioning bonuses OK’d for more National Guard members

Consequences of a congressional change could be fixed with a Minnesota bill to help National Guard members.

Bill proposes ban of sale, use of plastic-coated pesticides and fertilizers

Aiming to stem the tide of plastic pollution, Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul) has his eyes on plastic-coated fertilizers and pesticides.

Grant program could aid those taking in homeless youth

It’s called “couch hopping.” It’s the term for when someone in an unstable housing situation moves from household to household, temporarily hosted by friends, family or sometime...

Health policy panel proposes more money for behavioral health homes

HF3737 seeks to help behavioral health home providers by establishing a single statewide reimbursement rate for people covered under Medical Assistance.

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