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Judges might be able to lower court costs for low-income people

Demonstrating “undue hardship” to a judge may be able to lower a person’s court costs. Under current law, anyone appearing in criminal or traffic court must pay a $75 surcha...

Proposed website would let Minnesotans see their tax dollars at work

Sponsored by Rep. Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth), HF46 would create an interactive website that would allow you to see what your tax dollars are doing after they leave your bank account and are collected by the state.

Reforms to child care program are yielding results, committee hears

Legislative efforts to improve the Child Care Assistance Program’s integrity appear to be paying off.

Three House panels hear governor’s plan for big increase in public housing bonding

Walz administration pushing the idea is that a larger investment is needed in public housing to confront the state’s problems with unaffordable housing and homelessness.

Committee OKs trio of bills that would add new safeguards for MN renters

The legislation aims to lessen the imbalance of power between renters and landlords, its sponsor says.

Additional services considered to support medical recovery for homeless Minnesotans

HF256 would direct the Department of Human Services to seek federal funding to develop a “recuperative health home model” that would provide wraparound services to homeless people recovering from medical events.

Bill would ensure ‘absolutely essential’ legal counsel to parents at emergency child protection hearings

HF312 would require counties to appoint a public defender to all financially eligible parents, guardians, and custodians who ask for one prior to the first hearing, and at all stages of child protection proceedings.

Teachers unions get more say in class sizes, testing frequency under bill OK'd by education committee

Sponsored by Rep. Sydney Jordan (DFL-Mpls), HF603, would make several modifications to the state’s public labor laws.

Health panel considers bills shifting responsibility for anti-tobacco efforts to state agency

For years, the “vast majority” of Minnesota’s tobacco prevention programs and cessation services have been provided by ClearWay Minnesota – an organization founded for that express purpose and funded by money from legal settlements paid by tobacco companies.

Committee OKs $4 million toward Greater MN child care needs

HF413 would make a onetime $4 million appropriation in fiscal year 2022 from the General Fund for a grant to the Minnesota Initiative Foundation to support programs in rural communities to sustain and increase the supply of quality child care.

Week in Review: Feb. 1-5

During a week that began with Groundhog Day, it may not be surprising that one of the themes to House meetings over the past few days was legislation that’s been heard before. ...

House panel hears bill to give Legislature say in COVID-19 response, but takes no vote

HF371 would permit the Legislature to terminate any order or rule promulgated by the governor if a peacetime emergency is continued for more than 30 days.

Measure mandating local governments to create civilian oversight of law enforcement clears public safety panel

HF640 would modify the Peace Officer Discipline Procedures Act to require local units of government with more than 50 officers to establish law enforcement citizen oversight councils.

Millions of dollars needed to stem emerald ash borer's spread, experts say

Recent state investments have been critical in curbing the spread of emerald ash borer, but tens of millions of dollars are still needed to protect Minnesota's ash trees, lawmakers learned Friday.

Walz tax proposal: Supporting 'those who have been hurt the most’ or ‘class warfare?’

How do you close a $1.28 billion budget gap? Gov. Tim Walz has some ideas. And the House Taxes Committee heard about them Thursday.

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