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As state reels from another fatal police shooting, more reform measures headed to House Floor

The long shadow of two fatal police shootings in the Twin Cities fell over the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee as it met Wednesday to consider four bills on police reform and accountability.

Officials, advocates tout housing help in House bonding package

If Minnesota is experiencing a housing crisis, a lot of people think bonding may be a good route out of it.

House panel votes along party lines rejecting proposed cap on governor’s emergency powers

A House committee rejected a bill that would ask voters in the 2022 election if the state’s constitution should be amended to cap the peacetime emergency period.

Committee-approved bill would pull back on electronic pull tabs

To help fund the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium, the Legislature passed a law in 2012 allowing gambling using electronic pulltabs, with the caveat that they mimic the paper g...

Reduced broadband funding added to omnibus agriculture bill headed to House floor

Because of House budget targets, state funding next biennium for a broadband-expansion grant program could be 75% less than initially proposed.

DFL caucuses of color renew calls for police reform after fatal shooting of Daunte Wright

There is a renewed urgency for passing police reform legislation following Sunday’s fatal shooting of Daunte Wright by a now-former Brooklyn Center police officer.

House passes protections for private data collected by insurance companies

Protecting personal information on an application for an insurance policy is the goal of HF1913, which was passed, as amended, 82-49 Monday.

Statutory modifications, MN.IT name change get overwhelming House approval

Sponsored by Rep. Kristin Bahner (DFL-Maple Grove), HF609, as amended, was passed 100-32 Monday by the House.

House passes energy efficiency update

A bill that would update the state’s Conservation Improvement Program designed to help Minnesota businesses and households use electricity and natural gas more efficiently was passed by the House in 2020, but received no Senate vote.

Environmental standards in recreational marijuana bill highlighted in committee hearing

Minnesota's marijuana growers, distributors and sellers would need to meet environmental standards under the bill to legalize recreational cannabis, members of the House Environment and Natural Resource Finance and Policy Committee learned Monday.

In traditional budget year, House committee unveils $1 billion bonding proposal

It’s a legislative tradition to concentrate on bonding appropriations for the state’s infrastructure needs in even-numbered years.

Week in Review: April 6-9

A look back at what happened in the Minnesota House of Representatives the week of April 6-9

Omnibus health finance bill moves along in legislative process

HF2128, as amended, is on its way to the House Ways and Means Committee, where it is expected to be merged next week with the omnibus human services and early childhood bills.

House panel approves omnibus jobs bill ‘supporting workers benefits’

Helping business and employees weather and ultimately fully recover from economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is the “heart and soul” of the House omnibus workforce and business development finance bill.

Four hours of debate — and 50 proposed amendments — but climate and energy omnibus approved

Is renewable energy cheaper, cleaner and capable of making Minnesota a more self-sufficient state? Or is it dirty, inefficient and expensive? It depends upon who you ask. Bu...

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