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Proposed legislation would require coverage for infertility treatment

Andy and Rachel Wilke’s story turned out fine. But the journey was far from easy. A medical issue forced the Wilkes to use the costly — and at times emotional — process ...

Omnibus health and human services supplemental funding bill gains committee approval, moves to House Floor

The House Ways and Means Committee approved an 870-page health, human services, and early childhood bill Wednesday and sent it to the House Floor.

Bill full of targeted tax cuts heads to the House Floor

The battle of dueling tax bills is closer to a conference committee. The omnibus tax bill is on its way to the floor after being approved by the House Ways and Means Committ...

Full speed ahead: House gives green light to four-part omnibus bill

Going a shade over the speed limit, a drive from Rochester to the State Capitol and then north to Roseau can be completed in roughly seven hours. It took about that much tim...

Panel OKs omnibus jobs, economic development bill that includes paid family leave

The work of four different house committees is together in one supplemental spending bill. The omnibus jobs and economic development bill includes proposals to investigate f...

Omnibus agriculture, broadband and housing package passed by House

Trying to address the lack of affordable housing, lack of broadband internet and to improve agriculture practices, the House passed a sweeping package of supplemental appropriat...

House passes bill to replenish UI trust fund, provide checks to frontline workers

With a deadline looming and following a call from Gov. Tim Walz in his State of the State address Sunday, the House passed a bill Monday to replenish the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund, provide frontline worker pay for some and make hourly school workers eligible for unemployment.

Omnibus Legacy bill passed by House, off to the Senate

The projected budget surplus isn’t the only thing that grew during the past year’s unexpected economic recovery. So did sales tax revenue in the state. And that means that the L...

Combined judiciary, public safety omnibus bill heads to House Floor

The omnibus judiciary and public safety bill advanced to the House Floor Monday, but because it differs so much from the Senate’s bill, what version of judiciary and public safe...

How could climate change affect Minnesota? Study offers details

Minnesota’s winters are getting warmer and wetter, and are likely to get even more so. What is now snowfall will more often be rainfall. And those dreaming of a white Christmas ...

Omnibus environment and natural resources bill moves to House Floor

With the Senate already passing its omnibus environment and natural resources bill, the House moved closer to finalizing its version on Monday. In the House Ways and Means C...

State of the State returns to the Capitol as Walz touts ideas for the projected surplus

There’s been a paucity of pomp to Gov. Tim Walz’s last two State of the State addresses. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he delivered one via video from a room at the governor’s r...

Week in Review: April 19-22

Lawmakers returned from their Easter/Passover break this week and spent the last few days making mostly procedural moves to get omnibus bills aligned. Aside from the House p...

House passes Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund appropriations without formal commission recommendation

Voting on a proposal that received the highest scores from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, the House passed the yearly appropriations bill from the En...

Omnibus early childhood, E-12 education bill headed to House Floor

The House Ways and Means Committee added two sections of the omnibus early childhood bill into the omnibus education finance and policy bill before approving HF4300, as amended, on an 18-10 party line vote.

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