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House committee accepts recommendations on environmental trust fund spending

Projects ranging from fighting rock slime, to using lichens as air-quality monitors, to building new trails would get funding, under a bill approved by a House panel. Sponso...

Taxpayer receipt touted as a tool of transparency

Would you like a receipt with that? Whether you’re buying a bagel or a soda, you’ve probably been asked that question. But have you ever been offered a receipt that details ...

House panel hears bill to expand bias crime laws, improve incident reporting

The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic brought with it a rise in hateful incidents, including hate crimes, directed at people of Asian descent, says Rep. Samantha Vang (DFL-Bro...

Designated support person for pregnant patients finds bipartisan support

HF52 would amend the Health Care Bill of Rights by establishing the right for pregnant patients to have a designated support person present during health care services.

Judiciary panel OKs bill allowing notaries to perform civil marriages

Rep. John Huot (DFL-Rosemount) said Tuesday that a bill he sponsors to allow notary publics to perform marriages is very personal.

AG’s office seeks funding boost to aid prosecution efforts in Greater MN

Outside the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area, a large percentage of the other 80 county attorney’s offices are little more than mom-and-pop-type operations with the nu...

Week in Review: Jan. 9-13

Whether you celebrate, are superstitious, or don’t care: Happy Friday the 13th. The legislative session’s second week wraps up today with no hearings scheduled. But the past...

Labor committee delivers warehouse worker safety bill to its next destination

Approved Thursday by the House Labor and Industry Finance and Policy Committee on an 8-4 party-line vote, HF36 now heads to the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee.

Legislative leaders set 2023 committee deadlines

Legislators and the public now officially know the timeline for getting bills through the committee process during the 2023 session.

Proposed office would address ‘disturbing trend’ of missing, murdered Black women and girls

Rep. Ruth Richardson (DFL-Mendota Heights) says there is an “unacceptable crisis” in the state’s Black population.

Second abortion rights bill gains House committee approval

The DFL’s second bill aimed at reproductive rights received its first approval. Sponsored by Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester), HF91, as amended, would repeal certain abort...

Bill to simplify marriage dissolution name change headed to House Floor

A divorce is both an ending and a beginning. That new path forward can include a name change, something Rep. Jessica Hanson (DFL-Burnsville) wants to simplify. Currently...

More than $30 million could be available to address child care crisis

Child care access and affordability were challenges for families long before the COVID-19 pandemic, as were workforce shortages and profitability for providers. But for many...

Testifiers urge MN lawmakers to act fast on federal funds for road construction

Though winter seems firmly entrenched, Minnesota’s second season of road construction is fast approaching.

No-cost school meals for all students clears first committee

Many students are going hungry in Minnesota schools. HF5, a proposal heard Wednesday in the House Education Policy Committee, is an attempt to rectify that pressing concern by i...

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