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House workforce panel ponders action to avoid tax increase for employers

Using surplus money to replenish the state’s unemployment trust fund would mean Minnesota businesses avoid a big jump in their unemployment insurance rates, House lawmakers heard Monday.

State lawmakers consider seed money for growing plant-based food industry

Plants or meat? The question is becoming more prevalent for consumers at grocery stores and could become more of a question for Minnesota lawmakers. The plant-based food...

Proposed changes to teacher licensure headed to House Floor

Sponsored by Rep. Hodan Hassan (DFL-Mpls), HF2950 would allow school districts and charter schools to adopt a crisis online learning plan under certain conditions. But most of its language deals with changes in teacher licensing.

Results of race equity resolution reviewed by committee, more change requested

Passed 82-40 in July 2020, a House resolution declared racism to be a public health crisis in the state.

Week in Review: Jan. 31-Feb. 4

The first week of the 2022 legislative session is in the books. Lawmakers hit the ground running with a busy schedule of committee and division hearings over the past few days. ...

House panel hears civilian oversight measures in DFL public safety proposal

HF2724 would authorize local units of government to establish civilian police oversight councils with new and expanded powers to make findings of fact and impose discipline on officers.

Extended COVID-19 presumption for frontline workers passes House, heads to governor

Frontline workers would see their presumed COVID-19 workers’ compensation coverage extended to 2023 via a bill going to the governor.

$100 million House DFL public safety proposal gets further hearing; 'We must be innovative,' sponsor says

The House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee on Thursday continued its debate on HF2724, which outlines the bulk of the $100 million DFL public safety proposals.

DHS may waive some face-to-face requirements during COVID worker shortage

Some monthly visits with children in foster care may happen virtually instead of in-person, under a bill approved by the House Human Services Finance and Policy Committee Thursday.

House committee hears that when it comes to climate change, where you live matters

The effects of climate change aren’t distributed evenly throughout Minnesota's population, environmental advocates told the House climate and energy committee.

Watch out snowmobilers — trespass penalties could increase

HF2819, sponsored by Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul), would increase civil penalties and establish specific civil citation authority for trespassing while operating a snowmobile or off-highway vehicle.

Judiciary panel OKs bill to prohibit discrimination based on hair texture, style

HF1315, sponsored by Rep. Esther Agbaje (DFL-Mpls), was approved 15-2 by the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee Thursday and sent to the House Floor.

House health panel briefed on MN's COVID-19 situation, potential future trends

How the state will respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is one of the topics the House Health Finance and Policy Committee will focus on this session.

'Fair repair' bill aims to unlock repairs by independent providers

Opening products to independent repair providers will save consumers money, reduce waste and expand economic opportunities, say supporters of a bill approved Wednesday by the House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee Wednesday.

Income tax subtraction for unemployment benefits? New legislation would bring it back

HF2765 would create the same temporary tax subtraction for tax year 2021 as was in effect for tax year 2020, with up to $10,200 in unemployment benefits subtractable from taxable income.

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