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Judiciary bill aims to affirm parental rights of the blind

HF2458 would establish specific court procedures and grant rights to blind parents in adoption, child protection, and custody and parenting time cases.

Foundational blueprint sought to expand computer science education in schools

In Minnesota, more than 14,000 computing jobs that annually pay about $92,000 on average go unfilled every month for the want of suitable applicants, publicly available data suggests.

Would local and county services improve with an incentive program?

HF2928 would create an incentive program under which cities and counties could increase the amount they get from the state if local residents set some specific performance goals and meet them.

A ‘once-in-our-generation’ event? House bill would support celebration for commissioning of USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul

The long-awaited commissioning of the USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul into the Navy will happen in Duluth later this year at a yet-to-be announced date.

More money sought to expand professional development program for language teachers

HF3300 would appropriate $33 million for kindergarten through fifth grade teachers to complete the language program that teaches skills needed to master the fundamentals of reading instruction.

Walz tax proposals get first hearing in House

Proposed refund checks are part of what’s been called “the governor’s tax bill,” a set of changes in state tax policy that include conforming to several federal changes, expanding the child and dependent care credit, and expanding the K-12 education credit.

Reforms aim to offer consistency, focus on safety, well-being of vulnerable adults

Sponsored by Frederick, HF1432 is the first phase of a process to update the Minnesota Vulnerable Adults Act.

Minnesotans' tobacco use target of bill that gets health panel's OK

Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Morrison (DFL-Deephaven), HF3153 would expand Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare coverage to include treatment programs, drugs or other services that help people quit smoking or stop using other tobacco and nicotine products.

Multi-million dollar funding request aims to help homeless youth program

To serve the continuing homeless youth population, lawmakers could add an additional $25 million per year to fund the Homeless Youth Act.

Legislation aims to spur training, education in effort to ease MN's mental health workforce 'crisis'

Sponsored by Rep. Samantha Vang (DFL-Brooklyn Center), HF3418 would create several programs meant to spur training, education and encourage more people to enter the mental health field.

Rep. Sondra Erickson won’t seek a 13th House term in November

Rep. Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton), a prominent lawmaker on education policy issues, announced Wednesday morning she will not seek re-election this November.

House panel approves bill to limit use of employee non-compete clauses

HF999 would make non-compete covenants void and unenforceable unless meeting certain criteria.

Legislation envisions rest stops filling gaps in electric vehicle charging network

Sponsored by Rep. Todd Lippert (DFL-Northfield), HF3220 would include electric vehicle charging stations as one commercial venture allowed at highway rest areas and public rights-of-way.

Supporters of full-service community schools seek more funding

HF3587 would appropriate $90 million in fiscal year 2023 to support full-service community schools, prioritizing current grant recipients and schools identified as low performing under the federal Every Child Succeeds Act.

Grants for COVID-shuttered venues would be tax-free under pair of bills

Thanks to federal Shuttered Venue Operator Grants, 253 Minnesota venues were able to stay in business while the pandemic forced them to close their doors to the public.

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