Hearing scheduled for legislation to extend Metro Mobility services

A bill to extend Metro Mobility services to the city of Lakeville through the Met Council transit taxing district is scheduled to receive a hearing next week. Metro Mobility provides rides to seniors and residents with disabilities throughout the metro area for a modest fee. Although Lakeville is already a part of the transit taxing […] Read more

Lawmakers talk prescription drug transparency

The Health and Human Services committee this week heard a bipartisan proposal to license key players in the pharmaceutical industry called pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). PBMs contract with insurance companies to administer their prescription drug benefits, design formularies and preferred drug lists, determine patient co-pays, and pay pharmacy claims.  Three PBMs- CVS Caremark, Express Scrips, […] Read more

Tax filing season now open

Minnesota and the federal government both began accepting 2018 income tax returns on Monday, Jan. 28. Taxpayers have until Monday, April 15 to file and pay state and federal income taxes. Since the state still has not reacted to major federal tax changes passed at the end of 2017, state and federal forms look vastly […] Read more

Legislature needs to improve sexual assault policies

An investigative report from the Star Tribune in 2018 showed that fewer than one in 10 reported sexual assaults produce a conviction. As a result of this report, the attorney general’s office was directed to create a working group to look at the state’s sexual assault policies. The Judiciary Committee this week received a presentation […] Read more

Food stand bill received first committee hearing

The Health and Human Services Committee heard a proposal last week that would exempt from licensure any temporary food stands operated by youth under 14 years of age.  The food stands must be located on private property, take in $1000 per year or less, and if potentially hazardous food like meat is sold, post a […] Read more

Agriculture update on noxious weeds and invasive pests

The Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Policy Committee heard an update on Palmer amaranth, emerald ash borers, and gypsy moths to eradicate and limit the spread of these pests. These invasive pests can have devastating impacts in Minnesota. Palmer Amaranth: The Minnesota Department of Agriculture reports that, “Palmer amaranth competes aggressively with crops. It has […] Read more