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House environment panel advances ‘Lawns to Legumes’ pollinator program

Legislators are seeking to continue a groundbreaking program to grow bee habitats. Minnesota’s Lawns to Legumes program offers grants and technical assistance to establish p...

House passes CROWN Act prohibiting discrimination based on hair

Hair discrimination is a proxy for racial discrimination, Rep. Esther Agbaje (DFL-Mpls) said on the House Floor Wednesday. She spoke about the many times she has felt pressu...

House lawmakers begin path toward MN marijuana legalization with first committee approval

HF100 cleared the first of what may be up to a dozen committee hurdles when the House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee approved HF100, as amended, by a voice vote Wednesday and sent it to the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee.

Preregistration proposal an effort to ‘make voting a lifelong habit,’ sponsor says

Committee approval was given to a bill that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to submit a voter registration application, even though they could not cast a ballot until age 18.

House elections panel advances bill to restore ex-offender voting rights

If you are incarcerated you cannot vote, but you can cast a ballot if you’re not behind bars. That is the simple premise of a bill supporters say would make former inmates f...

Workforce panel OKs extended unemployment benefits for iron ore mine workers

HF27 would authorize up to 26 weeks of additional unemployment insurance benefits for recently laid off mine employees.

Housing insecurity disproportionately impacts Minnesotans of color, lawmakers hear

Housing affects every person in every corner of Minnesota yet compromises less than 1% of the state’s budget. Representatives of the Minnesota Housing Agency shared extensiv...

How much will feds help finance Minnesota’s shift to clean energy?

The House Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee heard about how much might be coming the state’s way through a couple federal acts.

Judiciary panel approves proposal to boost funding for public defenders

A plan to appropriate $25 million in fiscal year 2023 for the Board of Public Defense to hire more public defense attorneys and boost salaries received committee approval.

Supporters say renewed ‘driver’s license for all’ push about safety, dignity

Proposed legislation to expand access to driver’s licenses in Minnesota has passed the House in the past two sessions without becoming law. But supporters, who say enacting the so-called “driver’s licenses for all” law remains overdue, put the gas pedal down on those efforts again Tuesday.

Bill to ban price gouging during emergencies clears commerce committee

HF6 would penalize retailers who charge an “unconsciously excessive price” for essential goods or services during public emergency situations, such as recent power outages in Texas and the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Florida.

House bonding committee hears of billions in federal funds available for MN capital projects

Minnesota lawmakers are looking at accessing billions of federal dollars for capital improvements to roads, bridges, broadband access and community facilities using monies from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the American Rescue Plan Act.

With bipartisan support, House passes tax conformity bill

By a 132-0 vote, the House passed HF31, which would bring the state’s tax code into conformity with federal tax law on 46 provisions that have been signed into law by U.S. presidents since 2019.

Week in Review: Jan. 3-6

It was an eventful first week of the 2023 legislative session as members were sworn in and committees met for the first time, even taking action on a couple major issues, all wh...

Bill to codify right to abortion in Minnesota clears first committee hurdle

Sponsored by Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn (DFL-Eden Prairie), HF1 would protect health care choices involving the prevention or termination of a pregnancy.

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