Legislative Update – March 27, 2015

Yesterday at the Capitol

The Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee heard several bills yesterday, including SF 995, authored by Senator Greg Clausen, DFL-Apple Valley. The bill provides adequate funding for concurrent enrollment, expands eligibility, provides for teacher development and creates advisory committees. President Kent Hanson from Anoka Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College, along with President Larry Lundblad of Central Lakes Colleges testified in support of the bill. President Hanson spoke of the need to have deep relationships with K-12 partners in order for the program to succeed. President Lundblad explained to the committee the importance of concurrent enrollment programs for rural Minnesota. Central Lakes Colleges is currently working with over 30 high schools in their region and President Lundblad articulated to the committee the rigor that they have in place in their College in the Schools programs.

Lawmakers will begin the Easter/Passover spring break beginning tomorrow, March 28, returning to St. Paul on April 7 at noon. While the Legislature is on break, I will not be sending a legislative update. Please watch your in-box starting Tuesday, April 7 for the next legislative update.

Today at the Capitol

There are no higher education related committee hearings, or floor sessions scheduled for today; however, at 9:00 a.m., Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook,  and Senate DFL leaders will announce the Senate budget targets for Finance Divisions and the Tax Committee today.  I will send an email with the information as soon as it becomes known.

Looking Ahead

The Legislature is on break March 28 through April 7 at noon.

Tuesday, April 7
12:00 p.m.

House in Session
12:00 p.m.

Senate in Session

Thursday, April 9
7:00 p.m.

Governor Dayton’s State of the State

Bill Introductions

2015 Bill Tracking

Please see the spreadsheet for the higher education related bill introductions.

Thank you.

Melissa Fahning
Director of Legislative Communications
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
651-201-1757 (work) 612-483-3741 (cell)


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