State and Federal Legislative Update: May 1, 2020

State Legislative Update Updated budget forecast to be announced Tuesday A much anticipated update to February’s economic forecast for the State of Minnesota is expected to be released on Tuesday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. by Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB). MMB officials said earlier that they would provide a May budget projection so lawmakers... Continue Reading →

State and Federal Legislative Update: April 22, 2020

State Legislative Update Senate Finance Committee passes bill creating COVID-19 relief account Yesterday Senate Finance committee members passed SF 4486, a bill sponsored by Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, which would create a state COVID-19 relief account for the $2.17 billion funds Minnesota receives through the federal CARES Act. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa,... Continue Reading →

State Legislative Update: April 17, 2020

State Legislative Update House higher education committee hears school closure bill On Wednesday the House Higher Education Policy and Finance Division met remotely to take up a bill, introduced by Rep. Connie Bernardy, DFL-New Brighton, that modifies the Office of Higher Education’s school closure authority. The bill is intended to protect students attending a private,... Continue Reading →

State and Federal Legislative Update: April 6, 2020

State Legislative Update The Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate will hold floor session tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7, to take up legislation to address workers’ compensation claims for first responders, police officers, firefighters, and health care workers, including home health care workers, who contract COVID-19. The language of the workers' compensation bill can... Continue Reading →

State and Federal Legislative Update: April 5, 2020

State Legislative Update Walz delivers State of the State address Governor Tim Walz delivered his 2020 State of the State address this evening live from the Governor’s residence. Walz said there’s no stopping the storm of COVID-19 form hitting Minnesota, but we’re prepared for it. Walz said hospitals across the state continue to prepare, along... Continue Reading →

State and Federal Legislative Update: March 20, 2020

State Legislative Update Minnesota House and Senate legislative activity Minnesota Senate Republican leadership announced yesterday that they intend for the Senate to come back into session and pass legislation to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Senate Republicans are questioning the constitutionality of at least one of the executive orders the governor has issued. Senate... Continue Reading →

Legislative Update: March 16, 2020

State Updates Changes to the legislative schedule announced The leaders of the four legislative caucuses announced changes to the legislative schedule in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference today. The four caucus leaders: House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park; House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown; Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka; R-Nisswa; and... Continue Reading →

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