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Energy panel approves faster path toward carbon-free utilities

By a 10-6 party-line vote, the committee approved HF7, which would require that the state’s utilities use entirely carbon-free sources for electricity production by 2040. Sponsored by Rep. Jamie Long (DFL-Mpls), the bill, as amended, is headed to the House Floor.

House bill places Minnesota’s dearth of teachers of color under the spotlight

Minnesota ranks the worst in the nation with disparities in education between white and students of color, Hassan said. “The proposed policies are essential to closing the persistent and unacceptable opportunity and achievement gaps.”

Ban on conversion therapy moves forward on party-line committee vote

Sponsored by Rep. Athena Hollins (DFL-St. Paul), HF16 would ban conversion therapy for children and vulnerable adults.

Campus projects not glamorous — but they’re overdue, higher ed officials say

Maintaining campus facilities remains a critical need. Officials from the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State detailed capital funding requests totaling more than $700 million for higher education asset protection and replacement projects Wednesday.

Students from across Minnesota urge lawmakers to mandate menstrual products in schools

If you walk into a bathroom at any school in Minnesota, you’re sure to find the standard hygiene equipment — hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper. If HF44 were to become law, you could add another item to that list: menstrual products.

$100m proposal to replace all MN lead water service lines within decade gains first approval in House

Coming into contact with lead can damage the brain, kidneys, and nervous system. In children, lead can also slow development or cause learning, behavior, and hearing problems. ...

Political spending by ‘foreign-influenced’ corporations in MN elections could be curtailed under bill

The consensus among testifiers and members at a Wednesday hearing is too much money exists in elections that cannot easily be tracked — if at all. Rep. Zack Stephenson (DFL-...

Evictions on the rise in MN— a crisis ‘bigger than before’ the pandemic, committee hears

Rachael Sterling, a housing attorney at HOME Line, told the House Housing Finance and Policy Committee Tuesday that the eviction crisis didn’t start when the eviction moratorium phaseout expired in 2022.

House labor committee advances plan to give all Minnesotans paid sick leave

Nearly two-thirds of Minnesota workers have access to paid sick time. If enacted, HF19 would extend this benefit to the rest of the workforce.

House committee accepts recommendations on environmental trust fund spending

Projects ranging from fighting rock slime, to using lichens as air-quality monitors, to building new trails would get funding, under a bill approved by a House panel. Sponso...

Taxpayer receipt touted as a tool of transparency

Would you like a receipt with that? Whether you’re buying a bagel or a soda, you’ve probably been asked that question. But have you ever been offered a receipt that details ...

House panel hears bill to expand bias crime laws, improve incident reporting

The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic brought with it a rise in hateful incidents, including hate crimes, directed at people of Asian descent, says Rep. Samantha Vang (DFL-Bro...

Designated support person for pregnant patients finds bipartisan support

HF52 would amend the Health Care Bill of Rights by establishing the right for pregnant patients to have a designated support person present during health care services.

Judiciary panel OKs bill allowing notaries to perform civil marriages

Rep. John Huot (DFL-Rosemount) said Tuesday that a bill he sponsors to allow notary publics to perform marriages is very personal.

AG’s office seeks funding boost to aid prosecution efforts in Greater MN

Outside the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area, a large percentage of the other 80 county attorney’s offices are little more than mom-and-pop-type operations with the nu...

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