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Week in Review: Jan. 9-13

Whether you celebrate, are superstitious, or don’t care: Happy Friday the 13th. The legislative session’s second week wraps up today with no hearings scheduled. But the past...

Labor committee delivers warehouse worker safety bill to its next destination

Approved Thursday by the House Labor and Industry Finance and Policy Committee on an 8-4 party-line vote, HF36 now heads to the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee.

Legislative leaders set 2023 committee deadlines

Legislators and the public now officially know the timeline for getting bills through the committee process during the 2023 session.

Proposed office would address ‘disturbing trend’ of missing, murdered Black women and girls

Rep. Ruth Richardson (DFL-Mendota Heights) says there is an “unacceptable crisis” in the state’s Black population.

Second abortion rights bill gains House committee approval

The DFL’s second bill aimed at reproductive rights received its first approval. Sponsored by Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester), HF91, as amended, would repeal certain abort...

Bill to simplify marriage dissolution name change headed to House Floor

A divorce is both an ending and a beginning. That new path forward can include a name change, something Rep. Jessica Hanson (DFL-Burnsville) wants to simplify. Currently...

More than $30 million could be available to address child care crisis

Child care access and affordability were challenges for families long before the COVID-19 pandemic, as were workforce shortages and profitability for providers. But for many...

Testifiers urge MN lawmakers to act fast on federal funds for road construction

Though winter seems firmly entrenched, Minnesota’s second season of road construction is fast approaching.

No-cost school meals for all students clears first committee

Many students are going hungry in Minnesota schools. HF5, a proposal heard Wednesday in the House Education Policy Committee, is an attempt to rectify that pressing concern by i...

House environment panel advances ‘Lawns to Legumes’ pollinator program

Legislators are seeking to continue a groundbreaking program to grow bee habitats. Minnesota’s Lawns to Legumes program offers grants and technical assistance to establish p...

House passes CROWN Act prohibiting discrimination based on hair

Hair discrimination is a proxy for racial discrimination, Rep. Esther Agbaje (DFL-Mpls) said on the House Floor Wednesday. She spoke about the many times she has felt pressu...

House lawmakers begin path toward MN marijuana legalization with first committee approval

HF100 cleared the first of what may be up to a dozen committee hurdles when the House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee approved HF100, as amended, by a voice vote Wednesday and sent it to the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee.

Preregistration proposal an effort to ‘make voting a lifelong habit,’ sponsor says

Committee approval was given to a bill that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to submit a voter registration application, even though they could not cast a ballot until age 18.

House elections panel advances bill to restore ex-offender voting rights

If you are incarcerated you cannot vote, but you can cast a ballot if you’re not behind bars. That is the simple premise of a bill supporters say would make former inmates f...

Workforce panel OKs extended unemployment benefits for iron ore mine workers

HF27 would authorize up to 26 weeks of additional unemployment insurance benefits for recently laid off mine employees.

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