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Alternate access sought for children requiring residential mental health treatment

HF944, which aims to help children with severe mental health issues voluntarily access residential treatment without causing unnecessary delays and distress to their families.

For those without housing, 'sacred settlements' could be lifeline

HF1484, sponsored by Rep. Heather Keeler (DFL-Moorhead), would create an exemption for wheeled units located on church, mosque or synagogue grounds that are primarily used to house people experiencing homelessness.

Students could have better access to after-school programs

Sponsored by Rep. Fue Lee (DFL-Mpls), HF786 would create a competitive grant program and appropriate funds to expand high-quality after-school learning opportunities.

No state disaster funds for civil unrest damages under plan heard in House committee

HF444 would amend the law to specifically exclude “a catastrophe caused by civil unrest” from receiving contingency relief funds.

House division OK's — remotely — more local governing via video

It’s fitting the House Local Government Division met Wednesday with members participating miles apart from one another. After all, it approved a pair of bills dealing with governing remotely.

Lawmakers recommend eight for U of M Board of Regents seats

Eight people vying for a seat on University of Minnesota’s governing body are a step closer to securing a spot on the board.

House panel hears bill aiming to stop ‘excessive’ increases in drug prices

“No one should have to choose between paying the mortgage and paying for their children’s medication,” said Rep. Zack Stephenson (DFL-Coon Rapids).

Education and training support intended to improve outcomes for high-risk babies

Black and Indigenous infants are more than twice as likely to die before their first birthdays than white infants, Rep. Ruth Richardson (DFL-Mendota Heights) told the House Heal...

New energy efficient building standards could be adopted in Minnesota

New commercial and large multifamily residential buildings in Minnesota could be held to progressively stricter energy-efficiency standards in coming years. Sponsored by Rep...

Proposal seeks to end predatory lending practices by student loan servicers

HF1493 would require student loan servicers to be licensed by the Department of Commerce and follow certain procedures relating to the servicing of loans.

MN restaurants — hit hard by pandemic — could see tax exemption

HF921 would not only expand the state’s sales tax exemption on capital equipment to include machinery and equipment used by restaurants, but would make it retroactive to include purchases made after Dec. 31, 2019.

Expanded Capitol security, increased license plate fee part of Walz's transportation budget

Beefed up Capitol security, body cameras for state troopers and an increase in license plate fees are some of the more noteworthy items included in the public safety provisions of the COVID-19 Recovery Budget proposal released late last month by Gov. Tim Walz.

Control over pesticide bans could be returned to local governments

Minnesota cities could prevent residents and businesses from using certain pesticides, a move environmental advocates say could help protect pollinators.

Early childhood committee advances paid family and medical leave bill

Struggling to be both a breadwinner and caretaker? A proposal currently before lawmakers aims to reduce that conflict.

Proposed update to law targets fraud in economic assistance programs

HF822, sponsored by Rep. Erin Koegel (DFL-Spring Lake Park), would modify the way self-employment income is treated when determining eligibility for the state’s economic assistance programs to “weed out waste, fraud, and abuse,” she said.

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