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Prosecutors would have more leeway to request reduced sentences under bill headed to House Floor

Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Moller (DFL-Shoreview), HF901 would allow prosecutors to initiate a process to resentence a person convicted of a crime.

Divided House committee OK's $450m DFL plan targeted at 'ending systemic racism' in MN

“Will the Legislature send a message that Minnesota will lead in ending systemic racism and racial injustice and invest in stabilizing Minnesota’s African American communities and families?” Rep. John Thompson (DFL-St. Paul) proffers a $457 million answer via HF784.

College in the Schools teacher training program could get funding extension

With a goal of expanding students’ access the program, HF649, sponsored by Rep. Julie Sandstede (DFL-Hibbing), would appropriate $2 million during the 2022-23 biennium to help educators attain the needed credentials to teach concurrent enrollment classes.

Allowing care attendants to help people with disabilities travel would have ‘big impact,’ advocates say

HF1431, sponsored by Rep. Luke Frederick (DFL-Mankato) would modify the personal care assistance and community first services and supports programs to specify that “traveling” can include driving and accompanying a person to medical appointments and other locations.

Should MN allow solar generation on prime farmland?

Is electricity a new crop to harvest from Minnesota’s prime farmland? Or are rural solar arrays taking valuable acreage out of the food chain?

Big boost in funding proposed to help pregnant women, families with young children

The state’s Family Home Visiting program, which provides voluntary services for pregnant women and families with young children most in need of support could get a funding boost.

Debt collection practices by landlords could see stiffer regulation

HF969, sponsored by Rep. Samantha Vang (DFL-Brooklyn Center), would prohibit landlords from using certain practices to collect unpaid rents and fees.

Meatpacking workers — their plight spotlighted amid pandemic — afforded more protections under bill advancing in House

Minnesota meatpacking companies could be required to install more stringent COVID-19 measures, while their workers could be allowed to refuse to work in dangerous conditions without getting fired or facing retaliation.

House health panel considers trauma-centered approach to prevent gun violence

“Trauma is both a cause and an effect of gun violence,” so efforts to address that trauma early on are key to prevention efforts, said Ayolanda Evans Mack, director of community...

Proposal would prohibit schools from suspending young elementary students

HF951 would prohibit the suspension or expulsion of a student in kindergarten through grade three except under limited circumstances.

$57 million sought for statewide economic development boost

Keeping Minnesota’s economy strong requires state investment to help businesses expand and create new jobs, and to reinvigorate cities with municipal redevelopment projects, amo...

Crop development program would get $10 million under approved bill

Legislators are considering whether to provide extra funding to a University of Minnesota program that develops new crops, cropping systems and supply chains.

Fire and police station construction could be less taxing

HF1503 would provide a refundable sales tax exemption for all materials, supplies and equipment used in constructing or remodeling a fire or police station owned by a local government, beginning July 1, 2021.

Funding change to crisis stabilization services could improve access to care, lawmaker says

When someone experiences a mental health crisis, they need help. But hospitals aren’t the only option.

Education committee considers extending funding for suicide-prevention training

Sponsored by Rep. Sandra Feist (DFL-New Brighton) HF486, as amended, would appropriate $265,000 in fiscal year 2022 to provide statewide, evidence-based suicide prevention training to teachers and school staff.

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