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Transportation committee calls for review of Southwest Light Rail project

The legislative auditor could be digging into reasons for cost overruns and delays of the Southwest Light Rail Transit project.

House panel puts debate on hold over creation of new state board regulating companion animals

As amended, HF208 would create a 13-member board to “protect and promote the welfare, social well-being, and physical and mental health of companion efforts.”

House lawmakers consider grant program to spur housing rehab, development across state

HF2880, sponsored by Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL-Falcon Heights), would create grant programs to encourage the development and rehabilitation of housing across the state.

Draft bill would boost state weatherization program beset by backlog

The state’s Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income residents has such a backlog that it’s estimated it would take 291 years to address the needs of each currently eligible household.

Human services panel advances bill expanding data use by DHS

HF3269 would expand the state’s commitment to data-informed approaches, said sponsor Rep. Jessica Hanson (DFL-Burnsville).

House panel OKs bill aiming to close ‘treatment gap’ for those found incompetent to stand trial

Minnesota law says when someone is arrested for all but the most serious crimes, but is deemed incompetent to stand trial, they must be released.

Bills to create Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day await House vote

A pair of bills heading to the House Floor would designate April 2 of each year as Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day.

Dettmer will not seek re-election in 2022

Rep. Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake) said Thursday he will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives this November.

Liquor bills could allow nonprofits to better tap into needed funds

Extending the length of a liquor license and strength of beer offered could help community organizations find more funding.

New comprehensive mental health positions proposed for Department of Education

HF1083 would establish two school mental health services leads in the Department of Education.

House health panel approves bill to help more Minnesotans access MA benefits

HF2773 would increase the income limit for persons with disabilities and persons aged 65 or older from 100% to 133% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Relief could be on way for northern Minnesota businesses hit hard by fires, border restrictions

The pandemic and wildfires last summer were especially devastating to businesses in northern Minnesota, as they count on Canadians, border travelers and the normally busy summer season for their success.

Bill seeks more funding, increased eligibility for drought relief to MN farmers

Sponsored by Rep. Mike Sundin (DFL-Esko), HF3420 would appropriate $5 million to the Department of Agriculture to reimburse livestock farmers and specialty crop producers.

Student loan borrowers could see some tax relief

HF3072 would make changes to Minnesota’s student loan credit and perhaps provide some relief by raising the maximum credit and making it refundable.

Funding for homeless emergency services grants could increase by $35 million

To address the increasing homeless population in the state, lawmakers could add additional funding to emergency services grants.

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