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Lawmakers consider removing hurdle in holding PFAS polluters accountable

An obstacle to holding companies responsible for pollution caused by the family of "forever" chemicals at the center of the $850 million settlement between the state and 3M in 2018 could be removed.

House passes bill to clarify and extend court deadlines

By a vote of 132-0, the House passed a bill Thursday that would clarify legislation passed related to Gov. Tim Walz’s first COVID-19 emergency declaration in March 2020.

Legislation to exclude white supremacists from police ranks advances in House

HF593 would require the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board to modify the peace officer code of conduct to prohibit peace officers from affiliating with, supporting, or advocating for white supremacist groups, causes, or ideologies.

Homeowners associations wouldn't have power to say no to solar under bill

Sponsored by Rep. Ami Wazlawik (DFL-White Bear Township), HF257 would prohibit homeowners associations from banning solar installations on residences.

Transportation committee approves limits on driver’s license suspensions

The House Transportation Committee on Thursday approved a proposal that would end driver’s license suspensions as the penalty for a number of different violations, while allowing people who have lost licenses for those offenses to get them back.

Walz proposes $745 million in new state aid for E-12 education

The E-12 education budget is the largest expenditure in Gov. Tim Walz’s “Minnesota’s COVID-19 Recovery Budget” proposal, totaling 40.6% of the $52.4 billion recommendation.

Long-term boost to emergency services funding another proposal aimed at tackling MN homelessness crisis

'We were facing a [homelessness] crisis before COVID began,' Rep. Michael Howard (DFL-Richfield) told the House Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.

Legislative Commission on Cybersecurity proposed to shore up state systems

HF66 would create a Legislative Commission on Cybersecurity to be comprised of eight legislators representing both bodies and both parties.

Bill aims to create a ‘fair system’ by reforming civil asset forfeiture laws

Rep. Kelly Moller (DFL-Shoreview) said a lack of due process in forfeiture laws has been a concern for many years.

Is it time to end 'spring ahead, fall back?'

Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley) sponsors HF72 that would recognize daylight saving time as the official state of time each and every second of the year in Minnesota.

Boost to local public health grants could support prevention efforts across state

Additional funding for local public health grants could help provide the resources and flexibility needed to improve the lives of Minnesotans through prevention-based, community-specific initiatives.

Bill seeks more upfront transparency in health care costs

HF57 would require most hospitals, outpatient surgical centers, and medical practices to make available to the public a list of current standard charges for all items and services provided by the medical practice.

Panel OKs updating veterans law to ensure adult day program's standing

A tweak to a state law that would solidify the right of the Department of Veterans Affairs to operate adult day centers has received committee approval.

MFIP reporting changes proposed to help families get out of deep poverty

A provision included in Gov. Tim Walz’s budget recommendations could help make the state’s cash assistance programs a greater source of stability for families in need, Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead told the House Human Services Finance and Policy Committee Wednesday.

Helping people with disabilities live outside nursing homes helps maintain dignity, advocate tells lawmakers

HF264 would appropriate $18 million in the 2022-23 biennium for grants to the eight nonprofit centers for independent living in the state, which provide vocational rehabilitation services to people with disabilities.

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