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Housing insecurity disproportionately impacts Minnesotans of color, lawmakers hear

Housing affects every person in every corner of Minnesota yet compromises less than 1% of the state’s budget. Representatives of the Minnesota Housing Agency shared extensiv...

How much will feds help finance Minnesota’s shift to clean energy?

The House Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee heard about how much might be coming the state’s way through a couple federal acts.

Judiciary panel approves proposal to boost funding for public defenders

A plan to appropriate $25 million in fiscal year 2023 for the Board of Public Defense to hire more public defense attorneys and boost salaries received committee approval.

Supporters say renewed ‘driver’s license for all’ push about safety, dignity

Proposed legislation to expand access to driver’s licenses in Minnesota has passed the House in the past two sessions without becoming law. But supporters, who say enacting the so-called “driver’s licenses for all” law remains overdue, put the gas pedal down on those efforts again Tuesday.

Bill to ban price gouging during emergencies clears commerce committee

HF6 would penalize retailers who charge an “unconsciously excessive price” for essential goods or services during public emergency situations, such as recent power outages in Texas and the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Florida.

House bonding committee hears of billions in federal funds available for MN capital projects

Minnesota lawmakers are looking at accessing billions of federal dollars for capital improvements to roads, bridges, broadband access and community facilities using monies from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the American Rescue Plan Act.

With bipartisan support, House passes tax conformity bill

By a 132-0 vote, the House passed HF31, which would bring the state’s tax code into conformity with federal tax law on 46 provisions that have been signed into law by U.S. presidents since 2019.

Week in Review: Jan. 3-6

It was an eventful first week of the 2023 legislative session as members were sworn in and committees met for the first time, even taking action on a couple major issues, all wh...

Bill to codify right to abortion in Minnesota clears first committee hurdle

Sponsored by Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn (DFL-Eden Prairie), HF1 would protect health care choices involving the prevention or termination of a pregnancy.

Judiciary panel OKs bill to amend MN Human Rights Act to prohibit hair discrimination

People in this country and in this state have experienced discrimination at school, at jobs, and elsewhere based solely on the appearance of their naturally occurring hair, acco...

Should inflation be included on both sides of the budget forecast ledger?

Subtraction by addition would provide a clearer picture of the state’s projected $17.6 billion surplus. Plus, what Rep. Zack Stephenson (DFL-Coon Rapids) calls a “budgeting ...

Committee considers what one state can do about climate change

Minnesota's average annual temperature is up 3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1895, while winter lows in the northern third of the state have risen 7.3 degrees Fahrenheit, experts said.

Environment, natural resources committee plays catch-up in approving land-use bill

Playing a little catch-up from last session, the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee sent a land management bill out of committee on its first day.

Tax panel approves federal conformity changes

The House Taxes Committee OK'd HF31, which would conform the Minnesota tax code to several federal changes signed into law since 2019.

DFL leaders, holding all the cards at Capitol, tout their 2023 to-do list

“Many of Minnesotans’ most important priorities were blocked by the Republican-led Senate,” House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) said, referencing the prior two years. “The House would pass fantastic bills only to run into the brick wall of a Republican-led Minnesota Senate.”

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