Greetings from the Capitol!
I hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday weekend. The Legislature has resumed session and is back to work.
Yesterday, the House passed a bill (House File 1397) that would prevent life insurance claims from being paid out to beneficiaries if the policy holder’s death occurs from the furtherance of terrorism. Simply put, if this bill is signed into law, a terrorist’s life insurance beneficiaries would not be able to collect any payment from the policy. This bill is commonsense and straightforward; I hope it will be signed into law this session.
You might have seen an article in the newspaper stating that the House Republican Health and Human Services budget proposal cuts funding to mental health facilities in Alexandria. This is simply not true. The House does not propose making any direct cuts to the Department of Human Services’ central office budget, or direct care and treatment budget. I find it fascinating that only in government is not getting the dollar amount requested for your budget considered a cut.
Two weeks ago, the House finished passing the remainder of its budget proposal. Below I will detail the bills I have yet to share with you.
The Agriculture Omnibus Bill focuses on supporting this important industry by investing in the following priorities:
The Higher Education Omnibus Bill prioritizes college affordability through public school tuition freezes and reductions, accountability through student loan debt counseling, and accessibility to students previously unable to attend an institution of higher education.
The Public Safety Omnibus Bill funds the state’s law enforcement sector and provides Minnesotans with a core function of state government: keeping its citizens safe.
Reforms in the bill include:
Job Growth and Energy:
The Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Omnibus provides appropriations for economic development, energy and housing.
Health and Human Services:
The Health and Human Services Omnibus Bill focuses on protecting Minnesota's most vulnerable citizens.
Some key provisions include:
This bill, as well as the other omnibus bills, will be finalized in conference committee over the next few weeks. Conference Committees are made up of 5 Representatives and 5 Senators. Each committee’s job is to come to a compromise on the differing aspects of the House and Senate budget bills. After the conference committee finalizes the bill, it is then sent to the House and the Senate for a vote of each body before heading to the Governor’s desk for his consideration.
If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any issue related to state government, please feel free to contact me at either 651-296-3201 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.
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