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Homelessness result of 'dysfunctional society,' testifiers say

Testifiers urged legislators to fund support services, such as mental health and chemical dependency treatment, and to work to preserve naturally affordable housing.

Greater MN seeking more funding for broadband connections in rural areas

HF14 would add $120 million in the 2022-23 biennium to the state border-to-border broadband account.

COVID-19's impacts on MN health care spending complex – and long-term effects unknown

In the first part of 2020, Minnesota saw a “substantial decrease” in people accessing health care, and overall spending increases tied to COVID-19 were offset by reductions in other services, a state official said.

Lawmakers learn more about prisons’ work to contain coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed “high stress and high expectations” on the Department of Corrections and its responsibility to keep both inmates and staff safe, Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul) told the House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee Tuesday.

PCA: Greenhouse gas emissions dropping, but not nearly enough

Together, transportation, electricity generation and agriculture account for 70% of the state’s emissions. While emissions were down 29% in the electricity generation sector between 2005 and 2018, the transportation sector is only down 7.5% while agricultural emissions are up 8.3%.

Environment committee approves 2020 lands bill

HF133 was approved Tuesday by the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee and referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

Department of Human Services’ work to improve procedures are ongoing

Efforts to improve the Department of Human Services’ procedures and processes have proven successful so far, but officials say the work is far from done.

House panel gets rundown of programs that support young children

There are many state and federally funded initiatives geared toward supporting the health and well-being of Minnesota’s youngest citizens and their families.

AG's office seeks additional $9.8m to meet mission protecting Minnesotans

The office seeks $9.77 million more in operating funds in the 2022-23 biennium. Attorney General Keith Ellison said the current $23.51 million biennial appropriation marks the office’s first real-dollar increase in six years.

In fighting discrimination, human rights commissioner cites successes — but warns more work to be done

Tuesday was an opportunity for the Department of Human Rights commissioner to tout the work her agency does fighting discrimination in the state.

Week in Review: Jan. 11-15

Welcome to the beginning of a long weekend as the House will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But members intend to pick right up where they left of...

Incarceration and probation: Committee gets overview of state corrections’ systems

The House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee heard presentations Friday on two tasks of the Department of Corrections: incarceration and probation.

House adopts permanent rules for 2021-22 session

The House has adopted permanent rules for the 2021 session, setting up its committee structure and the guidelines under which it will move bills and conduct votes and debate.

Committee hears how reform legislation has begun to affect police training

The Legislature responded to the Memorial Day death of George Floyd under the knee of a former Minneapolis police officer by passing police reform legislation in the July 2020 special session.

How will pandemic impact transportation? House committee begins looking at post-COVID future

The House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee held its first of two informational meetings Thursday on the future of transportation in a post-pandemic world.

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