On average, one infant dies every day in Minnesota.
This is one of many statistics the House Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division heard Thursday from Susan Castellano, maternal and child health section manager at the Department of Health.
While recent statistics say that the academic achievement gap between white students and black, Latinx and American Indian students persists in Minnesota’s public schools, the percentage of Minnesota students of color enrolled in college is up.
The Legacy Amendment was approved by Minnesota voters in 2008 in order to ensure a constitutionally dedicated funding source for maintaining clean water; fish, game and wildlife habitat; the arts and cultural heritage; and parks and trails.
Over the years, committees dedicated solely to the health, wellness and education of Minnesota’s youngest citizens have come and gone. With the start of the 2019 session, there will once again be a division dedicated to early childhood legislation.
Nearly a year-and-a-half after its disastrous launch in July 2017, the state’s new license and registration system is making big strides toward full functionality, state officials told a panel of House and Senate lawmakers Tuesday.
House and Senate lawmakers expressed concern Wednesday in response to a new legislative auditor’s report that found the state’s troubled license and registration system has inaccurately charged some Minnesotans for vehicle registrations.
The statistics came in response to a data request from Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska), chair of the House Transportation Finance Committee, and detailed Metro Transit Police Department efforts to combat a spike in incidents last year.
Nearly 90 percent of those who took the 2018 House of Representatives’ State Fair Opinion Poll support requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales, including private transactions and sales made at gun shows.
Sponsored by Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell) and Sen. Julie Rosen (R-Vernon Center), the bill would help stabilize pension plans for more than 500,000 Minnesotans, including teachers, police officers, firefighters and other public employees.
As the clock ticks closer to midnight on the last day of the legislative session, the House and Senate have yet to pass a capital investment bill that can head to the governor’s office. A bill is ready for their review.
The House Agriculture Policy Committee gathered Saturday to consider using, for the first time, a 17-year-old state statute that would allow it block a controversial groundwater protection rule proposed by the Department of Agriculture earlier this year.
Prosecutors could hold organizations that recruit, train or aid an individual arrested for damaging oil pipelines, railways, airports and other “critical infrastructure” both civilly and criminally liable under bill passed in the House.
The House on Thursday passed HF4437 76-54 to put on November’s ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would require allocating sales tax revenues from motor vehicle parts and repair to the state’s highway construction fund.
More than a week after first convening, the omnibus supplemental budget conference committee met again Wednesday evening to try and reach agreement on the final articles of HF4099/SF3656* – a compilation of many of this session’s major omnibus bills.
The House passed a bill Monday that would give Minnesota-based organizations like the Catholic United, Sons of Norway and Polish Falcons of America a system to liquidate or transfer membership to another organization.
Republican lawmakers used a Wednesday hearing of the House State Government Finance Committee to further solidify their position of using funds reserved for U.S. Bank Stadium to pay for three new veterans homes in Greater Minnesota.
The House overwhelmingly passed a slate of bills intended to improve the lives of military members, from better informing Minnesota’s National Guard about life insurance benefits to recognizing atomic veterans and Purple Heart recipients.
After rolling four omnibus bills into a single piece of legislation last week, House members endured a marathon floor session debating that bill Thursday, spending more than 10 hours and voting two dozen amendments up or down before passing the omnibus supplemental finance bill, as amended, 77-49.
Supporters say a bill ratified late Tuesday would help ensure Minnesotans safety and security. Opponents are highly critical of one provision. Ultimately, the omnibus public safety and security finance bill was passed 92-35 by the House.
A controversial provision that would cut local government aid to sanctuary cities is included in the division report for the House Property Taxes and Local Government Finance Division, following extensive debate and testimony.
The omnibus environment and natural resources finance bill cleared its first hurdle Thursday as the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance committee approved HF3502, as amended, after two days of discussion and testimony.
The House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee reviewed the omnibus environment and natural resources finance bill Wednesday. It plans to continue discussion, take additional amendments and vote on the bill Thursday.
Bill would include $26 million to build three new veterans homes in Greater Minnesota while cutting $9.65 million to state agencies to help cover the cost of fixes needed for MNLARS.
Assistance for hard-hit deputy registrars, additional funds for state road construction and maintenance, and a quarter-billion dollars in borrowing are included in the omnibus transportation finance bill that House Republicans unveiled Tuesday.
The primary investment in the omnibus higher education finance bill would be a one-time $5 million appropriation to Minnesota State to be used to enhance the cybersecurity program at Metropolitan State University.
As the 2017 tax season closes, legislators are working to align 2018 state taxes with the new federal tax code. A high-profile proposal from the governor’s office was the latest bill to come under the scrutiny of the House Taxes Committee.
HF3447 would require each agency to dedicate 5 percent of its IT budget to cybersecurity, require MN.IT Services to consult with local governments on specific projects and require the agency to contract with the private sector on projects costing more than $100,000.
Held over by a committee is a bill that would establish a grant program to process diseased trees removed from public land in Xcel Energy’s coverage area and turn them into heat and renewable energy at the St. Paul Cogeneration facility.
HF3436 would prohibit, in most cases, the recording or broadcast of any criminal matter without the express consent of the defendant, victim, prosecutor and witness under subpoena along with permission from the presiding judge.
Committee approval was given to a bill that would require the three branches of state government to develop their own emergency operations and continuity plans to ensure the government can still operate during an emergency declared by the governor.
The Legislature is moving forward with a proposal intended to crack down on organizations that encourage and train protesters to damage infrastructure like oil pipelines, despite critics’ concerns surrounding unintended violations of First Amendment protections.
It is not illegal under Minnesota’s fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct code to intentionally touch the clothing area over someone’s rear end. Sponsored by Rep. Regina Barr (R-Inver Grove Heights), HF2800 would criminalize the activity.
The bill would expand the crimes for which the Department of Public Safety must gather statistical data to include possession of pornographic work involving minors and prohibition of dissemination and display of harmful materials to minors.
The report found that the Department of Health’s Office of Health Facility Complaints failed to protect vulnerable adults in Minnesota. It comes on the heels of a highly publicized scandal in which the office let thousands of mistreatment allegations go uninvestigated.
With the Valentine’s Day shooting at a Florida high school still fresh in the minds of many people, love was not in the air when a battle pitting personal rights against public safety returned to St. Paul. Nothing was resolved.
A House subcommittee heard emotional testimony from current and former child care providers who shared their struggles, highlighting reasons they believe there’s a child care crisis in Minnesota that not only impacts providers, but Minnesotans who don’t have access to affordable child care.
The Pollution Control Agency came under fire after an audit revealed the agency’s failure to adhere to compliance measures when doing business with outside contractors, causing the agency to overpay in some instances.
A report released last year by State Auditor Rebecca Otto’s office that looked into private CPA firms’ reviews of county finances broke generally accepted auditing standards, according to the Office of the Legislative Auditor.
Lawmakers on Wednesday night took their first steps in restoring funding to the legislative branch after the state Supreme Court sided with Gov. Mark Dayton and his use of a line-item veto that wiped away the House and Senate’s operating budgets.
The House Select Committee on Technology and Responsive Government heard more complaints on MNLARS, the state’s new system for handling critical tasks like license tabs and vehicle registration that has caused major headaches since its rollout in July.
Like all areas of society, as technology continues to change so to must the way public safety personnel operate. To that end, the Legislative Commission on Data Practices received updates Tuesday on law enforcement uses of automated license plate readers and body cameras.
A legislative data practices panel heard a trio of bills on Tuesday that would alter state law on subjects like how long government entities must retain electronic correspondence, and clarify that certain video and audio recordings are public personnel data.
Contracts collectively bargained between Minnesota Management and Budget and two of the state’s largest employee unions failed to gain approval Thursday of the Legislative Coordinating Commission’s Subcommittee on Employee Relations.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
Lawyers for Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders met in a Ramsey County court Monday to argue the merits of a lawsuit over the governor’s May line-item veto of money meant fund the House and Senate for the next two years.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Additional dollars for the judiciary, tweaked language regarding the Appleton prison, and rulemaking related to driver’s licenses for undocumented residents are three of the high-profile items in the final version of the omnibus judiciary and public safety bill.
Conferees adopted a conference committee report for HF2080/SF943*, sponsored by Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls) and Senate President Michelle Fischbach (R-Paynesville). The bill now heads to the Senate where action is expected later in the day.