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‘Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act’ aims to reduce disparities impacting mothers and babies

In Minnesota, black women are 2.3 times more likely to die of pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes than their white counterparts, and the Native American maternal mortality rate is about four times higher.

Education policy committee approves comprehensive sex ed proposal

Minnesota’s current sexual education standards, instruction and benchmarks are developed and delivered on a district-by-district basis.

Push for tax transparency gets some pushback

Rather than have every county, school district and municipality select its own date for the annual “Truth in Taxation” hearing, HF496 everyone would hold theirs on the first Wednesday evening after the first Monday of December.

MN VA could gain new position aimed at public outreach

On Wednesday, the House Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee unanimously approved HF484, which would allow the department to hire a publicity agent.

House panel hears bill to fund $3.6 million in Greater MN business development grants

HF426 would appropriate $3.6 million in the 2022-23 biennium from the General Fund for the Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program.

Work could shift from paperwork to patients with consistent standards in mental health services

Mental health professionals could spend more time treating patients and less time navigating paperwork and unnecessary requirements with the introduction of uniform service standards.

Lawmakers ask whether Minnesotans of color served well by Legacy funds

Representatives from each of the four funds the House Legacy Finance Committee oversees talked about efforts to ensure that communities of color are being served by their efforts.

Homeless youth would have easier time getting ID under approved bill

Homeless youth and young adults could have an easier time obtaining identification cards, which are often crucial for getting a job, enrolling in school or applying for public assistance.

School districts could see 2 percent increase in general education revenue

HF843 would increase the general education basic formula allowance by 2% per year for fiscal years 2022 and 2023.

House panel approves bill to add $30 million to disaster assistance contingency account

HF38 would appropriate $30 million from the General Fund in fiscal year 2021 to replenish the account that has less than $4 million in it.

Builder or local government — who pays for development-related transportation upgrades? Division OK’s bill to clarify

HF527 would permit municipalities to charge developers fees to cover improvements to current transportation infrastructure due to the proposed development. Fees would need to be proportional to their intended purpose.

As fight against pandemic continues, lawmakers consider making mask mandate state law

A House committee on Tuesday heard a proposal to make wearing face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic the law in Minnesota.

Bill creating $35 million fund to reimburse mutual aid costs heads to Floor

A bill that would create the State Aid for Emergencies account and fund it with $35 million is headed to the House Floor.

Commerce panel holds over bill targeted at thefts of catalytic converter

Stealing a catalytic converter can take just a matter of seconds, and it can net a thief up to $500 when sold to a scrap metal dealer for the precious metals it contains.

Minnesota's turtle harvest could be permanently banned

HF387, sponsored by Rep. Samantha Vang (DFL-Brooklyn Center), would prevent trappers from catching turtles for commercial purposes, which activists and conservationists say is an especially harmful practice.

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