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 →

Legislative Update: March 10, 2020

Minnesota State updates Senate committee on efforts surrounding COVID-19 Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra spoke with the Senate Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee members earlier today regarding the system's efforts surrounding COVID-19, sharing that Minnesota State’s top priority is protecting the health and safety of the system’s faculty, students, and staff. Regarding direct actions... Continue Reading →

Legislative Update: March 6, 2020

House higher education committee hears series of student consumer protection bills A number of bills were heard in the House Higher Education Finance and Policy Division earlier this week with the goal of protecting students who are attending a private, for-profit institution that closes while in the middle of an academic program. The bills are... Continue Reading →

Legislative Update: March 3, 2020

Super Tuesday Voters in Minnesota will have an opportunity today to cast a vote to decide who will be the Democratic and Republican nominees for President of the United States. Only presidential candidates will be on today’s ballot. Primaries for other races will be held in August. Minnesota is one of 15 states and territories... Continue Reading →

Legislative Update: February 21, 2020

Minnesota State discusses bonding at Capitol Yesterday, Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra and Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Brian Yolitz were before the House Capital Investment division to discuss the system’s $271.2 million capital budget request, with an emphasis on the asset preservation (HEAPR) process. Chancellor Malhotra reminded committee members the reason for Minnesota State's... Continue Reading →

Legislative Update: February 19, 2020

Committee activity dominates second week of legislative session This week has proven to be busy with lengthy committee agendas and meetings that go into the evening. The first committee deadline is March 13, when committees must act favorably on a bill in the house of origin in order for it to remain alive for this... Continue Reading →

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