2014 Legislative Session

Gov. Dayton declared the 2014 legislative session the “Unesssion,” focusing on removing unneeded laws and clarifying existing statutes. While this was accomplished … so was much, much more. Out of the 2014 legislative session, a lot of new requirements for school board members were adopted. We think it is important…

If 2013 was the “Year of the Task Forces,” 2014 was the “Year of Legislative Reports.” There are 14 reports required by law to be presented to the 2015 Legislature. Why are these reports relevant to us? Many times these reports include recommendations that often turn into bills. This is…

By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) — a really popular early education program in many Minnesota communities — received increased funding in 2014 Education Finance Bill. ECFE is now linked to the per pupil formula (which means funding will increase when the formula increases),…

By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations Every legislative session has a bill or two that was amended in the 11th hour of putting the Omnibus Bill together. This year it was allowing postsecondary institutions to advertise, recruit or solicit secondary students on the financial merits. That late…

By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations The Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program was funded in the Jobs Article of the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill with one-time money of $20 million. The grant program will be administered through the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Eligibility for…

The Higher Education Bill included a transfer of funds of $750,000 to expand the College Possible coaching and mentoring program. The bill requires that the program increase by at least 150 students and partner with at least three high schools in 2015. College Possible is required to report to the…

Parents, lawyers and special education student athletes were successful in passing a bill during the session. This law requires the Minnesota State High School League to waive the requirement for special education student athletes to sit out a year when they transfer schools. The League responded with a proposed rule…

By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations The 2014 Tax Bill included a temporary new reading tax credit for parents or guardians of a qualifying child. This tax credit would be for 75 percent of expenses paid for tutoring, instruction or treatment not covered by health care, for…

By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations This one you won’t hear reported on the five o’clock news, but it will save educational nonprofits some money and provide peace of mind. HF 3167 increases the annual limit of non-taxable fundraising sales by educational nonprofit organizations from $10,000 to $20,000,…

By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations Did you know drivers education just got more rigorous? This will now directly affect schools along with the student drivers, parents and instructors. The number of hours required to complete drivers training just increased from 30 to 40 hours, while the number…

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