2019 legislative session

Gov. Tim Walz signed a new hands-free cell phone bill into law April 12 to help further reduce distractions behind the wheel. Starting August 1, drivers will no longer be able to hold their cell phones in their hands. They will be able to use their phones to make calls,…

The House-Senate Conference Committee for the Omnibus E-12 Education Finance Bill (HF 2400) is scheduled to have its first meeting 2 p.m. Monday, May 6, in Room 5 of the State Office Building. The State Office Building is located at 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in St…

There are a number of education bills on tap this week in St. Paul. Among them is SF 918, which would allow school districts to being the school year before Labor Day. The Labor Day start bill is scheduled to be heard 3 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the Senate E-12…

By Rachel Kats, Session Daily A historically cold and snowy winter led many school districts to call off class on several occasions, and now they’re scrambling to make up those missed instructional days. In an effort to alleviate that burden, the House passed snow day forgiveness legislation 105-21 late Monday.…

The Minnesota House of Representatives is scheduled today to discuss SF 1743, which would modify the instruction days and hours calculation for student affected by snow days during the 2018-2019 school year. Access the current version of the bill’s language. The Minnesota Senate approved SF 1743 earlier this month on…

By Rachel Kats, Session Daily The omnibus E-12 education policy bill, HF 1711, is a compilation of 25 bills sponsored by DFL lawmakers, 10 bills sponsored by Republican lawmakers, provisions from Gov. Tim Walz’s education policy proposal and a handful of amendments. The bill was approved as amended by the…

By Rachel Kats, Session Daily In response to a wave of school shootings, the 2018 Legislature appropriated $25 million to fund a school safety grant program. The response from school districts was overwhelming, with application requests exceeding available funds by $230 million, the House Education Finance Division heard Tuesday. Aiming…

The House Education Policy Committee is scheduled to walk through and take testimony this week on the K-12 Education Policy Bill. See this week’s education committee schedules listed below. (Note: These schedules and agendas are subject to change. Check the committee websites for updates.) House Education Policy Committee 10 a.m.…

The House Education Policy Committee is scheduled to discuss a trio of teacher licensure bills (HF 1116, HF 1415 and HF 1329) during its hearing set for 10 a.m. Monday, March 4, at the State Office Building in St. Paul. Visit www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp to access a live stream of this meeting…

The House Ways and Means Committee — Education Finance Division is holding its 12:30 p.m. Friday, February 22, meeting at Windom Area High School, located at 1400 17th Street in Windom. The committee is scheduled to discuss public education funding and the needs of rural school districts. Attendees should park…

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