Minnesota Gestational Carrier Act

The Minnesota Gestational Carrier Act was unveiled this week in a press conference on Feb. 7. The legislation recognizes the value of surrogacy and includes reasonable standards for its use. Specifically, the legislation allows statewide standards for gestational surrogacy arrangements to be regulated in Minnesota. Gestational surrogacy is one tool used by Minnesota families facing […] Read more

Preemption Bill in Committee

The Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Committee heard a bill that would prohibit local units of government from establishing their own labor benefit policies. This proposal is in reaction to ordinances that were established in Minneapolis and St. Paul that required qualifying workers to have access to paid leave benefits. The Minnesota Chamber […] Read more

VW Settlement Update

On Wednesday the Environment Policy and Legacy Subcommittee heard an update from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on an estimated $47 million from Volkswagen that is expected to head Minnesota’s way as a result a large legal settlement due to the company’s violations of federal air emissions standards. The money could be available as early […] Read more

Governor lays out plan to address Cybersecurity

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Jaime Tincher, Governor Dayton’s Chief of Staff, along with MMB Commissioner Myron Frans and Minnesota IT Services Commissioner Thomas Baden laid out the Governor’s plan to address Minnesota’s aging technological infrastructure and the growing number of daily cyberattack attempts on Minnesotans’ private data. The plan would allocate roughly $125 million out […] Read more

Overview: Minnesota Health Plan makes center-stage appearance

The fifth week of the 2017 Legislative Session was a nose-to-the-grindstone kind of week with a busy committee schedule, and minimal session time. REAL ID came up in Senate and House committees this week. The Senate Transportation Committee passed a bill through that would allow the Department of Public Safety to come into compliance with […] Read more

Senate DFL shows support for veterans, pushes to extend property tax benefits

Three of the five Senate bills that came to the Veterans Committee this week would extend the state’s current Disabled Veteran Homestead Property Tax Exclusion, which allows veterans with disability ratings of 70% or higher to exclude up to $300,000 of their home’s market value from property taxes. SF 71 in particular creates a more […] Read more