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Week in Review: Feb. 7 – Feb. 11

From health care to child care to lawn care, there was no shortage of subjects discussed and debated in the House of Representatives this week. High-profile issues, such as ...

Start young: House bill would add early childhood to housing grant program

Looking to aid student achievement, lawmakers want to make families with young children eligible for a current housing grant program.

Opting in or out? Proposal aims to provide easier voter registration

HF607 would provide the widely termed ‘automatic voter registration’ by establishing a process whereby an applicant for a new or renewed driver’s license, instruction permit or state identification card registers to vote, or has their registration updated, unless they opt out.

Bills banning use of PFAS approved by House environment committee

The House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee took the first step in outlawing the use of the chemicals common in cosmetics, cookware and ski wax.

Public safety panel OKs expanded police powers to track stolen vehicles

HF2910 would permit law enforcement officers to attach a mobile tracking device to stolen vehicles without prior court approval if the owner of the vehicle either grants consent or reported to law enforcement that the vehicle was stolen.

Money for worker incentives, IT in supplemental DHS budget request

Gov. Tim Walz’s supplemental DHS budget request is $484.6 million for the 2022-23 biennium and $1.74 billion for fiscal years 2024-25.

Electricity from renewables experiencing a holdup in getting hooked up

Is Minnesota at the forefront of the shift to renewable energy sources? Or is it well behind most of the country?

House committee approves increased renter protections

The House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee approved four bills sponsored by Rep. Kaohly Vang Her (DFL-St. Paul) Thursday and referred them to the House Housing Finance and Policy Committee.

Effort to bring back child care waivers takes first step

One measure taken to help families and small businesses in Minnesota cope with the COVID-19 pandemic was to grant waivers for a program that helps low-income families pay for child care.

House workforce committee OKs $1.2 billion plan to repay MN's unemployment trust fund

Sponsored by Rep. Mohamud Noor (DFL-Mpls), HF1035, as amended, would repay a $1.2 billion debt to return the unemployment insurance trust fund to zero, using about $1.15 billion from American Rescue Plan funds and the rest from the state’s General Fund.

Education, advocacy next step in solving student loan ‘crisis’

HF3063 would create a student loan advocate and education course to be a clearinghouse of trusted information.

Feeding veterans: Metro Meals on Wheels could add veteran focus

Sponsored by Rep. Heather Edelson (DFL-Edina), HF3036 would appropriate $468,000 in fiscal years 2023-24 to Metro Meals on Wheels to support home delivery of meals to veterans.

Late property tax payers could see some relief

Sponsored by Rep. Jerry Hertaus (R-Greenfield), the bill would eliminate that 10% floor and allow counties to establish their own interest rates on delinquent property taxes and contracts to repurchase tax-forfeited property.

Minnesota State officials seek more than $300 million in state support

Campus responsiveness and campus stabilization is the core of what system leaders seek in additional funding this session.

House education panel approves Increase Teachers of Color Act

Rep. Hodan Hassan (DFL-Mpls) sponsors HF3079, the Increase Teachers of Color Act, which aims to attract, prepare, and retain more teachers of color and American Indian teachers.

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