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Mobile home park residents would get purchase opportunity, under approved bill

HF112, sponsored by Rep. Connie Bernardy (DFL-New Brighton), would require mobile home park owners to notify tenants before accepting a sale and give them 60 days to submit a purchase proposal.

Bonding proposals could ramp up train travel between Twin Cities and Duluth, Chicago

HF1109, sponsored by Rep. Mary Murphy (DFL-Hermantown), would help get the Northern Lights Express on track between the Twin Cities and Duluth with an appropriation of $4 million.

Bill aims to guard against false testimony from jailhouse informants

Rep. Jamie Long (DFL-Mpls) sponsors HF992, proposed legislation he says would bring clarity to those rules and give more protection to defendants when evidence introduced in court comes from jailhouse informants.

Civics class could be mandatory for high school juniors and seniors

The National Assessment of Educational Progress estimates that approximately 77% of Minnesota students who graduate from high school are not proficient in civics.

Bill aims to ‘mainstream’ obesity treatment

HF894, sponsored by Rep. Connie Bernardy (DFL-New Brighton), would allow Medical Assistance to cover weight loss drugs by removing language that specifically excludes the vast majority of these medications from coverage.

Funding needed to grow Emerging Farmer Working Group

Sponsored by Rep. Jessica Hanson (DFL-Burnsville), HF1274 would dedicate $10,000 annually in fiscal years 2022 and 2023 to the Emerging Farmer Working Group, which has met four times since November 2020.

Bill seeks more funding to train students in high-demand health care fields

With a little more help from the state, a successful health care job-training program in Rochester could expand to nearby communities and deliver multiple benefits to both the students being trained and the communities where they may eventually find employment.

Week in Review: Feb. 15-19

With just a bit more than one full week left in February and the Legislature’s first committee deadline on the horizon March 12, more and more of the 1,348 bills that have so fa...

Proposal would have Greater MN bars, restaurants fully open sooner

Bouncing back from the COVID-19 pandemic may best be served by other than a one-size-fits-all approach, a DFL lawmaker says.

Bill proposes tougher penalties for sex trafficking

HF613 aims to give prosecutors more tools to do their jobs and get more drug traffickers, and those who buy sex, to pay for their crimes. It would also toughen penalties for those convicted of sex crimes.

‘Technical’ elections bill approved by committee on partisan vote

Party agreement seemed likely, but was not reached on bill related to voting and election processes.

SAFE account bill fails to gain enough support, tabled for second time

For the second time in a week, a bill that would create the State Aid for Emergencies account and fund it with $35 million was discussed on the House Floor, but failed to pass the chamber.

Walz’s tax bill would net revenue bumps from corporations and high earners

House nonpartisan staff projects that the proposed tax changes would increase General Fund revenue by $972.7 million in fiscal year 2022.

Overhaul of criminal sexual conduct statutes moves forward

Minnesota statutes dealing with criminal sexual conduct are confusing, and need overhauling to make them more user-friendly to everyone working in the criminal justice system.

No Child Left Inside grant program could get $2 million

A popular, two-year-old grant program that has funded dozens of environmental and natural resources education and recreation activities for youth could get additional funding.

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