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ENEWS: What’s happening in the MN Legislature?
Where we’re at in the Minnesota Legislature
As we’re entering the final days of this legislative session, here are some of the key matters occurring. You can expect a more comprehensive wrap-up of the legislative session in upcoming newsletters.
More federal funding for Minnesota than expected: The U.S. Treasury recently announced guidance on how states could use funding from the American Rescue Plan. Minnesota will receive $2.833 billion to combat COVID-19 and address economic impact, which is $256 million more than expected. This may further complicate the process of settling on a two-year state budget in the Minnesota Legislature before adjournment this coming Monday. You can read more extensively about this unexpected amount of aid and what it will mean in this MinnPost article.
Controversy over clean car standards: A state judge recently approved clean car standards meant to increase the number of electric vehicles accessible in Minnesota, and therefore bring down greenhouse gas emissions. If the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency chooses to go ahead with the approved rules set forward by Governor Walz, Minnesota would become the 15th state to enact clean car standards. Republicans at the State Legislature are seeking to halt implementation of the new standards and asserted that Governor Walz should have brought them before the Legislature instead. You can read more in this MPR article.
Police reform measures: The House passed an omnibus bill last month that included measures on police reform and accountability. The Senate public safety omnibus bill, which passed on April 15, did not include these same measures. Some of the measures in the House omnibus bill include restrictions on no-knock warrants, limitations on stopping drivers for petty misdemeanor violations, expanded mental health training, body camera requirements, and more. While Governor Walz and Democrats have pushed for measures such as these, some House Republicans feel they impose too many rules on the police. Read more in this Bring Me The News article.
Blueprint-related legislation tracking
Here are the new bills and updates for legislation related to topics in the Minnesota Equity Blueprint. For the full list of legislation we are tracking, check our website.
HF 1 (Economic assistance provided for housing, MFIP, food, and broadband; funding provided, and money appropriated): On House Calendar for the Day 5/13
HF 1342/SF 1098 (Omnibus workforce and business development finance and policy bill): In conference committee hearing 5/10 & 5/11
HF 10 (Clean Energy First Act established): On House General Register 5/12
HF 1076/SF 959 (Omnibus environment, natural resources, and tourism policy and finance bill): In conference committee hearing 5/13
Job skills training for recently released inmates appropriation
“Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar,” she said, adding, “I will not sit back and watch in silence while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy.” — Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), speaking in the U.S. House of Representatives chamber on May 11, before her ouster as #3 leader of the Republican Caucus.