The restoration of felon voting rights upon release from incarceration is an issue supporters have been working on for years at the Capitol. So too is the “Driver’s Licenses for All” proposal that would allow people without proof of legal presence in the state to drive legally.
Both objectives may have been achieved this week as the House held long debates before passing each bill for what is likely the last time.
But even as those issues culminated, others began their journey through the committee process over the past few days. The capital investment committee heard the $3.3 billion bonding request from Gov. Tim Walz, one of several hearings that featured briefings on aspects of the governor’s $65 billion budget proposal which lawmakers will have to consider in the months to come.
Bills involving gun safety, health care costs, education funding, renewable energy, environmental conservation, housing, taxes, and public safety are also on the move.
Members, staff, and everyone who follows along, had a busy week.
Have an enjoyable weekend and here’s a look back at what you may have missed.
State's noxious weed fighters could get $1 million boost in dedicated funds
Citing ‘growing demand,’ Walz administration proposes $3 billion bonding plan
Attorney general's office looks for up-to-date funding in its budget request
Bill aims to establish Minnesota as a ‘Trans Refuge’ state
State lawmakers seek more authority over potential Sanford-Fairview merger
Proposed $15 million loan program to reduce racial, economic disparities gets first hearing
Proposal to permanently expand pre-K programs clears key committee
MN students’ mental health is suffering. More help could be on the way
School officials from across state ask lawmakers for more funds to bolster English language courses
Education committee hears funding pitch to kickstart novel schooling model
Special education funding gap would disappear under massive spending proposal
House votes to restore voting rights to felons post-incarceration
MN voters could do the electric sign at polls
DFL lawmakers push to offer paid time-off for early in-person voting
Lawmakers move to block ‘forever chemicals’ from kids products
House committee approves measure to free MN workers from restraints of non-compete agreements
More public solar projects? That's the goal of proposed grant program
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
House passes lands bill containing same provisions that failed in 2022
Legislation would direct percentage of pollution fines to impacted communities
Bill would give conservation districts a dedicated funding source
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
House panel discusses ongoing funding to expand reading program for kids
Health panel considers bill requiring more medical, dental cost transparency
Grants to lessen disparities among kids could become permanent — and receive $50 million
Medical Assistance would cover home care and homemaker services under new, bipartisan bill
Affordability, attainment key drivers in Walz's proposed higher education budget
Inflation, scholarships and safety are focus of U of M budget request
Countable income adjustments could aid recipients of MN housing support
With supply short, lawmaker wants homes sold to prospective homebuyers — not investors
MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS
VA budget proposal includes money to open doors at three new veterans homes
Public safety panels House OKs contentious gun background check bill
Public safety panel approves ‘red flag’ firearm removal
MN police may get expanded powers to use high-tech tools to track stolen vehicles
Beefed-up background checks may be coming for peace officer applicants
Juneteenth on way to becoming Minnesota's newest holiday
Lawmakers contemplate state tax credit to ease electric vehicle, appliance purchases
Bill proposes expanding state’s working family tax credit
Driver’s license applicants could volunteer demographic info under bill that gains committee OK
House gives go-ahead to 'Driver's Licenses For All'