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Vote delayed on package of DFL-backed election changes

HF9, as amended, offers changes in areas that include voter registration, elections administration and security, and campaign finance and disclosure law. A preliminary fiscal note shows a $36.4 million cost in the upcoming biennium.

Bill would permit MN to enforce Canadian orders of protection

The arm of the law is long, but not yet long enough to reach across the Canadian border. That would change under HF113, which would permit Minnesota to enforce protection or...

Minnesota State system request funds for campus stability, equity

Minnesota State system leaders say they’re prioritizing campus stability in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and striving for equity and affordability.

Legislative leaders announce 2021 committee deadlines

Legislators and the public officially know the timeline for getting bills through the committee process.

‘Increase Teachers of Color Act of 2021’ clears education committee on party-line vote

HF217 aims to strengthen programs and policies to attract, prepare and retain more teachers of color and American Indian teachers.

Committee approves 15% cap on food delivery services fees

A bill approved by the House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee Wednesday would deliver some relief to restaurants by setting a limit of 15% of the order price on those fees.

Interstate compact could expand access to mental health services, continuity of care

More people could use telehealth technology to continue meeting with their psychologists — even across state lines — under proposed legislation that would make Minnesota a part of the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact.

More pandemics? Health division hears how public health and climate change converge

Testifiers at a joint meeting Wednesday said issues of public health and climate change go hand in hand.

Laid-off service workers could get recall protections

Service and hospitality workers laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic could be entitled the opportunity to return to their jobs if they reopen.

Legacy Committee hears of COVID-19 impact on the arts

Unlike industries that could more easily adapt to employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, arts organizations have traditionally been dependent upon patrons coming through the door and attending a performance, art exhibit or other event.

Bed shortage for inpatient psychiatric treatment impacting care and access, lawmakers hear

“You only worry about an open bed when you have mental illness,” Sue Abderholden, executive director of NAMI Minnesota, told the House Behavioral Health Policy Division Wednesday.

Disagreement flares over use of disaster assistance dollars to rebuild following civil unrest

Debate on HF38 became political at the Wednesday meeting of the House Industrial Education and Economic Development Finance and Policy Committee when lawmakers debated whether disaster assistance money should be used to rebuild properties damaged during the civil unrest in Minneapolis last year.

Plan aims to make local government website accessibility ‘a right for all’

HF35 would establish a grant program with $1 million in fiscal year 2022 for small cities and counties to improve website accessibility and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Proposed MinnesotaCare expansion aims to aid undocumented immigrants, small businesses, families

Small-business owners are one of several groups who could gain access to health insurance through a “MinnesotaCare public option” that would be created by HF11, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Schultz (DFL-Duluth).

U of M leaders make lowest funding request in 20 years

University of Minnesota officials presented the institution’s lowest biennial budget request in over 20 years to the House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee Tuesday.

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