Bill Would Allow Easier Path To Appoint County Officials

A few Minnesota counties annually seek legislative approval to turn elected offices into appointed ones. Now, a bill making its way through legislative committees would give county commissions and the public a new way to decide if the change makes sense for them. The Senate State and Local Government Committee Wednesday unanimously approved a bill…
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Paying For Telemedicine Required Under Minnesota Bill

Forcing insurance companies to pay for telemedicine appointments could bring specialized health care to all parts of Minnesota, hospital officials and lawmakers say. While some health insurance policies already pay for telemedicine, the use of technology to allow a distance health-care professional to examine a patient, state legislation announced Wednesday would require all policies to…
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Blue Alert Could Help Track Down Police Attackers

Legislation is moving ahead to establish a Minnesota alert system that would be activated when a law enforcement officer has been killed or seriously wounded. Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said a so-called blue alert program would help find suspects quicker because information about police attackers could be sent statewide immediately. The Senate State and Local…
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Lawmaker Says Wild Rice Water Rules Threaten Mines

Existing water quality standards threaten one of Minnesota’s biggest industries, a state representative claims, and could force cities, industries and agriculture processing plants to spend millions. “The 10 standard will bring down our taconite industry,” Rep. Carly Melin, D-Hibbing, said Tuesday while arguing for her bill that would suspend enforcement of existing rules that limit…
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House Passes First Part Of Child Abuse Law Changes

The state House passed the first step of a child abuse prevention effort that began when a west-central Minnesota boy died after 15 reports that he was being mistreated. On a 130-0 Monday vote, the House approved legislation that would put into law the provision that a child’s health and safety are paramount concerns when…
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