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Week in Review: Feb. 28-March 4

There’s an English proverb that says March comes in like a lion and goes out like lamb. But this week’s budget forecast was decidedly bullish with the news that Minnesota now en...

Changes to Board of Pardons would bring more efficiency and more mercy, bill sponsor says

To get pardoned in this state, people convicted of a crime must appear in person before the Board of Pardons and plead their case. That’s an inefficient, ineffective system,...

Sundin will not seek re-election in 2022

After nearly a decade in the House of Representatives, Rep. Mike Sundin (DFL-Esko) has decided not to return in 2023.

House committee votes along party lines for election security appropriations

HF3870, as amended, would provide $5 million for local units of government for election security needs. HF3666, as amended, would create legal parameters — including civil and criminal penalties — for interfering with an election official’s performance of duties.

House passes bill requiring audit of Southwest LRT project overruns, delays

Reasons for cost overruns and delays in the Southwest Light Rail Transit project would be examined by the Office of the Legislative Auditor under a bill passed 129-1 by the House Thursday.

Legislation to arm used car buyers with information receives bipartisan support

HF3296 would change the state’s salvage vehicle title laws to prevent older and cheaper damaged cars from going through a sale with a clean title.

Interpreter requirement change is sought to help break barriers in education

High school sophomore Dov Nathanson has suffered academically because his school would not provide a certified deaf interpreter for him.

New office would address ‘urgent crisis’ of missing, murdered Black women and girls

Rep. Ruth Richardson (DFL-Mendota Heights) says cases of missing and murdered Black women and girls stay open and unsolved four times longer than other cases.

Committee considers bill to expand access to MN school-age care programs

School-based child care programs provide care and education for children before and after school, offering opportunities for social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development.

With renewable energy storage in infancy, House panel looks at bill laying out state standards

What’s the next big thing? In energy circles, the answer is storage. As sources of electricity have been moving toward such renewables as solar and wind power, it’s been fre...

Bill would require review of MN’s compliance with ERA

HF2847 would direct the Office of the Revisor of Statutes to lead a review of state statutes and rules to determine compliance with the federal Equal Rights Amendment.

House lawmaker calls for state to nix proposed access fee on public court records

Minnesota court officials have said they intend to impose an $8 fee for each record viewed or downloaded using the portal.

Proposal to increase mental health access in public schools advances

A mental health crisis is brewing in Minnesota and it could worsen. Only an estimated one-third of high school students feel they can cope with the stress in their lives, pu...

Rural well water needs same health safeguards as city water, bill sponsor says

When Rep. Todd Lippert (DFL-Northfield) temporarily moved his family from their home in town to a rented farmhouse, he didn’t think to test the well water for contaminants.

Property tax refunds could grow under proposed changes

HF3472 would change the formula used for the state’s property tax refund programs, the Homestead Credit Refund and the Renter’s Credit.

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