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More National Guard, reserve soldiers could qualify for veteran designation on MN licenses, ID cards

would allow members of the National Guard or reserves to qualify for the designation on state-issued licenses and ID cards if they meet certain requirements.

State-of-the-art simulation center could be vital to state’s health care workforce

A state-of-the-art medical training simulator could be a vital component in ensuring there’s enough qualified health care workers to meet the state’s need. So say supporters...

Bill seeks automatic inflation adjustment for school funding formulas

HF2949 would link the state's general education basic formula allowance to the rate of inflation.

Historic structure tax credit would be extended under held over bill

HF3688 would extend the sunset date to 2030, and allow the credit to be taken in one lump sum, instead of over a five-year time period.

Ban on conversion therapy clears House division

Mental health practitioners and professionals could be prevented from providing conversion therapy to vulnerable adults or people under the age of 18.

Incentives for college students proposed as way to help reduce personal care workforce shortage

There are about 13,000 personal care assistant slots available across the state, and the historically lower-paid field is struggling to attract workers. The need is particul...

U of M seeks funding to boost support for low-, middle-income students

HF2752 would appropriate $65 million to provide financial aid and scholarships to low- and middle-income families, and boost student support services such as academic and career counseling.

Bill would establish a minor’s right to legal counsel in police interrogations

Before an interrogation begins, police must recite the Miranda warning, which includes the familiar words, “You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, ...

Environment panel OKs $155 million in Outdoor Heritage Fund appropriations

Every year, the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council offers recommendations to the Legislature on how to appropriate money from the state’s Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Funding sought for community groups to train informal child care providers

Community groups sometimes train legal, but unlicensed, child care providers, particularly in immigrant and diverse communities, and help them connect with services and resource...

Proposal would let locked intensive residential centers fill treatment gap

HF2733 would allow intensive residential treatment services facilities to establish locked centers that could accept transfers from a secure facility.

House bill proposes study of statewide strategy to slash emissions

Sponsored by Rep. Patty Acomb (DFL-Minnetonka), the bill would appropriate $300,000 to the Pollution Control Agency in fiscal year 2023 to prepare a report on potential strategies to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions.

‘Dustin Luke Shields Act’ would increase lead testing in rental housing

Sponsored by Rep. Peter Fischer (DFL-Maplewood), HF616 would provide grants to increase lead testing in order to make rental housing safer.

Committee OKs preliminary professional licensing applications

HF3403 would establish a procedure whereby people could understand within 60 days of a preliminary application if they’re eligible for a license before spending time and money trying to attain it.

Emerging developers program would offer access to capital, help close wealth gap, supporters say

The time is right to close the wealth gap, say legislators in favor of a $50 million fund to support emerging developers who lack access to capital and networks that can tip the balance to a project’s success.

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