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Mental health, hemp-tracking software prioritized in agriculture budget

The department’s proposed $250 million budget in the 2022-23 biennium would promote and regulate Minnesota farm and food products and allow prompt response to diseases and pests that threaten state resources, leaders said.

Public weighs in on racial justice recommendations for MN schools

“Frightening,” “unacceptable,” “alienating” and “traumatizing” were a few of the words used to describe the opportunity gaps and racial disparities that exist in Minnesota’s education system.

Governor's jobs budget targets workers, businesses amidst 'unprecedented' times

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into focus many weaknesses in the state’s economy that need to be addressed before it can even start to return to pre-pandemic levels.

Week in Review: Jan. 25-29

With the introduction of his $52 billion budget proposal this week, Gov. Tim Walz made the first major move of the 2021 legislative session, setting the stage for the hearings, ...

Committees told capital projects should be ready for climate change

Minnesota’s weather is expected to get warmer, wetter and more violent. How can the state’s infrastructure be ready?

House panel hears about public safety concerns in Greater Minnesota

The House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee heard from the public on community-centered public safety in Greater Minnesota.

‘Common sense’ or 'hyper-partisan?' Elections bill clears House committee on party-line vote

On an 8-5 party-line vote, HF9, as amended, was approved Friday by the House State Government Finance and Elections Committee.

House sends legislation to governor extending remote marriage license options

HF17/SF26*, which would extend the ability of local registrars to receive and approve marriage license applications during the COVID-19 pandemic using remote technologies, was approved 127-3 Thursday by the House.

House panel hears similarities, challenges of policing in Greater Minnesota

Violent crime, drug addiction, human sex trafficking, domestic abuse, and other public safety challenges are statewide problems and are not just law enforcement issues for the metropolitan area, public safety officials said Thursday.

Debate continues on clean energy standard bill

Is Minnesota one step closer to instituting a “100% clean energy standard” for utilities doing business in the state? Well, maybe a half-step.

Transportation members updated on state’s infrastructure present and future needs

The House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee on Thursday was given an update on the state’s transportation infrastructure and the news was mixed.

Interventions in early childhood could prevent life-long skills gaps

Being born into a low-income family increases the likelihood that children will develop lifelong skills gaps, but with very early inventions that can be prevented, lawmakers heard Thursday.

Hearing focuses on bringing more equity to bonding projects

When such civic projects as roads, bridges and transit plans are presented to communities around the state, how residents receive them may be different if they’re from a community of color.

Bill would require timely update to state's invasive species plan

Minnesota's plan for slowing the spread of invasive species may need to be updated every five years. Sponsored by Rep. Patty Acomb (DFL-Minnetonka), HF228 would require the ...

MN renters need stronger protections, advocates tell House panel

Minnesota renters could be better protected from intrusive landlords, financially prohibitive security deposits, unreasonable cold and other emergencies, advocates told a House committee Thursday.

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