Gov. Dayton orders flags flown at half-staff for Memorial Day

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Source: Office of Governor Mark Dayton

Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota, from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 28, 2018, in honor of those who have died while serving in the United States Military.

The United States and Minnesota flags are quickly raised to the tops of flagpoles, slowly lowered to half-mast, and then raised again to full height at noon. The time at half-mast is meant to honor American servicemen and women who have died for their country. Re-raising the flag is meant to symbolize the resolve of the living to carry on the fight for freedom so that the nation’s heroes will not have died in vain.

Since 1868, Memorial Day has been observed in the United States of America to officially celebrate and honor the valiant sacrifice of those in the military who have given their lives in service to our country.

Across the nation, and in the state of Minnesota, Americans give thanks those who undertake the great responsibility of defending our liberties and protecting democracy. On Memorial Day, the United States of America and the state of Minnesota honor the spirit, courage, and tenacity of service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

View a copy of Gov. Dayton’s proclamation.

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SESSION DAILY: Supplemental budget bill — all 989 pages — heads to governor and expected veto

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File photo (Courtesy of the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services)

Source: Session Daily

By Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services staff

A session that began three months ago has largely been boiled down to, well, a large bill that doesn’t appear to have gubernatorial support.

In the middle of the night — 2:31 a.m. — the House passed the conference committee report on the omnibus supplemental budget bill 76-49. It was passed 35-32 by the Senate just before 12:30 a.m.

“It spends about $76 million this year, primarily on education, health and human services, public safety and broadband, plus another $58 million on transportation, primarily roads and bridges,” said Rep. Jim Knoblach. He co-chaired the conference committee on HF4099/ SF3656 with Sen. Julie Rosen.

About five hours before the Senate passage, Gov. Mark Dayton indicated he’d veto the supplemental funding and tax bills. The governor sent conferees a list of 117 objections he had with the supplemental budget bill. Knoblach said 71 items to change or delete language were resolved.

For E-12 education, the conference committee report appropriates nearly $28 million to school safety in Fiscal Year 2019.

Of that, $19.9 million would be allocated to safe schools revenue, with an additional $5 million for school-linked mental health grants, $1 million for physical security audit grants, $250,000 for school resource officer training and $150,000 for threat assessment team training.

Key policy provisions that made it into the final report include enhanced civics education, the creation of a special education working group and provisions prohibiting school lunch shaming.

Several measures that Dayton objects to remain, including a requirement that the Department of Education develop a summative-rating system to measure school districts and schools, as well as a provision to that would permit school boards to prominently display a poster, framed copy or mounted plaque of the national motto, “In God We Trust.”

Read the complete article at Session Daily.

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Gov. Dayton orders flags at half-staff in honor of victims in Santa Fe, Texas

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Source: Office of Governor Mark Dayton

In accordance with a proclamation issued today by President Donald Trump, Gov. Mark Dayton has directed all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota.

As directed by the president’s proclamation, flags will be flown at half-staff beginning immediately, until sunset on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence in Santa Fe, Texas.

Read a statement released earlier today by Gov. Dayton.

On Friday, May 18, 2018, a terrible act of violence was committed against innocent people at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, and the victims and their families deserve our honor, respect, and remembrance.

Read a copy of President Donald Trump’s proclamation.

Read a copy of Gov. Dayton’s proclamation.

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Omnibus budget bill conference committee to discuss education provisions

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Members of the omnibus supplemental budget bill conference committee begin their May 14 meeting. Photo by Paul Battaglia (Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services)

The conference committee of the omnibus supplemental budget bill (SF 3656) is scheduled to discuss education provisions at noon today (Tuesday, May 15) at the State Capitol Building (Room 120).

The Senate conferees are:

  • Sen. Julie Rosen
  • Sen. Michelle Benson
  • Sen. Warren Limmer
  • Sen. Scott Newman
  • Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer

The House conferees are:

  • Rep. Jim Knoblach
  • Rep. Paul Torkelson
  • Rep. Gene Pelowski Jr.
  • Rep. Jenifer Loon
  • Rep. Pat Garofalo


Access the following education-related supplemental budget bill documents:

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Gov. Dayton orders flags at half-staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

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Source: Office of Governor Mark Dayton

In accordance with a proclamation issued by President Donald J. Trump, Gov. Mark Dayton has directed all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in honor and remembrance of peace officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.

“On this day, and every day, it is fitting to honor those peace officers who gave their lives to protect ours, and to thank the over 10,000 law enforcement officers who serve in Minnesota’s 446 law enforcement agencies, for their dedication and service to our communities,” reads Gov. Dayton’s proclamation.

President John F. Kennedy declared the first Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to peace officers and in honor of peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became disabled in the line of duty. This day has been observed in our country annually ever since.

Access Gov. Dayton’s full proclamation.

Access President Trump’s full proclamation.

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Sen. Pratt’s amendment would delay implementation of new tiered licensure system

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Sen. Eric Pratt successfully amended the Senate education omnibus bill (SF 3086) on Tuesday, May 1.

Sen. Pratt’s amendment includes language that delays implementation of the new tiered licensure system until September 1, 2018. This delay affects the four tiers, background checks, licensure by portfolio, substitutes, expiration and renewal, and related items.

Along this line, the A42 amendment also extends the current system of variances, nonlicensed community experts, teacher and administrator license fees, and related provisions until September 1, 2018.

Please note that Rep. Sondra Erickson adopted a different approach in the House omnibus bill — she amends the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board’s current rule draft and inserts it into statute as “temporary rules” until the earlier of (1) adoption of final rules or (2) January 1, 2019.

MSBA believes Sen. Pratt’s approach is preferable:

  1. The administrative law judge hearing is expected to occur around June 8. It may be that, after the hearing, any changes that the judge requires will be technical in nature and will enable PELSB to meet a September 1 deadline. PELSB officials have said as much in recent public meetings.
  2. While MSBA is recommending that an October 1 extension would better serve schools and students, extending existing licensing and variance rules until September will allow districts to proceed with hires for 2018-2019 throughout the summer.
  3. It avoids a separation-of-powers attack (it could be argued that Rep. Erickson’s approach involves the Legislature in rulemaking, which is an executive branch function).

It may be reasonable to expect that the differences between the Pratt and Erickson approaches will be hammered out in conference committee, unless one or the other drops their position before then.

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Gov. Dayton orders flags at half-staff for former First Lady Barbara Bush

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Source: Office of Gov. Mark Dayton

In honor and remembrance of former First Lady Barbara Bush, and in accordance with the proclamation issued by President Donald Trump, Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. and Minnesota flags to immediately be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of interment, at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota.

View President Trump’s proclamation.

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