Legislative update-February 6, 2017

Week six at the Minnesota Legislature
Last week in review: the House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee approved a bill Thursday night that would ban actions by local units of government to put in place their own laws governing private employment. Other issues addressed during the week include: special education expenses, suicide prevention, student loan tax credits, oil train derailment preparedness, the economic impact of amateur sports, and state commissioner severance pay.

This week, the Legislature will spend more time reviewing Governor Dayton’s budget proposal. Earlier this morning, the House Ways and Means Committee kicked off week number six of the 2017 session with an overview from Minnesota Management and Budget of all the state funds — totaling around $82.75 billion.

Higher Education

In regards to higher education meetings, Minnesota State will give two presentations: one to the House Capital Investment Committee on the Minnesota State Higher Education Asset Preservation Request (HEAPR), and another presentation on the health care workforce to a joint meeting of the Senate Higher Education Committee and the Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care Policy.

Other meetings related to higher education include: the regent selection for the University of Minnesota; a presentation on Minnesota Teacher Licensure to the Senate E-12 Committee; action on the Minnesota college savings plan, credits, tuition relief grants and student loan debt counseling grants in the House Higher Education Committee; and several meetings regarding operations, pensions and retirement.

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Questions? Contact the Government Relations Team:

Jaime Simonsen
Bernie Omann
Jim Grathwol

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