Category Archives: 2019 legislative session

Hands-free cell phone law goes into effect August 1

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 … Continue reading

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House-Senate education conference committee gets to work on Monday, May 6

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 … Continue reading

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Busy education committee week includes Labor Day start bill

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 … Continue reading

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Session Daily: House passes amended snow day forgiveness bill; sends bill back to Senate

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, … Continue reading

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Minnesota House to take action on snow days bill

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. … Continue reading

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Session Daily: House committee approves omnibus E-12 education policy bill

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 … Continue reading

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Session Daily: MSBA advocates for additional school safety grant funding

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 … Continue reading

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