State & Local Government bills that did not pass

Drivers’ license process streamlining for active duty military personnel The bill streamlines the process for active duty military personnel to re-take either the skills or road test portion of the drivers’ license test. Minnesota law currently requires a mandatory waiting period before an individual may retake the test when that person fails a skills or […] Read more

Horse racing wagering

While betting on horse racing is legal in Minnesota, individuals betting online on out-of-state simulcast races use advance deposits through websites that are not licensed or regulated by the Minnesota Racing Commission. In committees, members heard from the Racing Commission’s testimony that an estimated $20 million is lost to out-of-state advance deposit wagering every year. […] Read more

Public employee contracts

This bill ratifies the public employee labor contracts and compensation plans for FY16-17 and provides salary increases for the three major state pension fund directors. The labor agreements include AFSCME Council 5, MAPE, Middle Management Plan, Managerial Plan, Commissioners Plan, Law Enforcement Association, Nurses Association, Residential Schools Faculty, MnSCU Administrators, State College Faculty, Inter Faculty […] Read more

Temporary healthcare dwellings zoning (Granny Pods)

This bill defines temporary health care dwellings and provides a process for issuing permits for the facilities by counties and cities. It allows caregivers to obtain accessible temporary housing on their property to temporarily shelter one family member who is mentally or physically impaired. The dwellings must be primarily assembled off site, be no more […] Read more

State Departments and Veterans budget

James Metzen Mighty Ducks Grants: After recent federal EPA regulations on the importation of Freon, additional legislation was introduced in an attempt to save dozens of the state’s local ice rinks. Often considered vital community spaces, local hockey and figure skating rinks are an indelible part of Minnesota culture, with an estimated 60,000 Minnesota youth […] Read more