I will try to post as early as I can in the week about child welfare-relevant upcoming committee hearings during Minnesota's 88th legislative session. I thought it would be a good idea to organize based on topic, rather than date. Let me know what you think of my methods.
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Governor Dayton released his budget last week, and several committees will be meeting to discuss the budget. I've listed a few meetings below related to the DHS aspects of the budget.
- Senate Health & Human Services Division—DHS budget proposal discussion continues. 1/29, 8:30 AM, 107 Capitol
- Public testimony heard during Wednesday's and Thursday's 8:30 AM meetings.
- House Health & Human Services Finance Committee—Will continue to hear governor's budget proposal for DHS. 1/29 & 1/30, 10:00 AM, 200 SOB
Both the Governor and the legislature have indicated a strong commitment to early childhood education and development. In particular, there has been a push to institute voluntary full-day kindergarten.
- House Education Finance Committee—Will hear presentations on some early learning, kindergarten, and after-school programming from a few school districts and non-profits. 1/29 & 1/31, 8:15 AM, 10 SOB
- House Early Childhood & Youth Development Committee—HF 107, modifying child care assistance absent days. 1/30, 4:00 PM, 5 SOB
- Senate E-12 Division—Two bills (SF 2, SF 162) on funding authorization for voluntary full-day kindergarten will be discussed. 1/31, 8:30 AM,112 Capitol
- House Education Finance Committee—Will hear presentations on addressing the achievement gap, college and career readiness, and high school/postsecondary alignment and best practices. 1/31, 8:15 AM, 10 SOB
This was a hot topic during the 87th legislative session. It looks like more legislation will be introduced this session to continue the work from last session.
- House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee—Review of sex trafficking in Minnesota, including the No Wrong Door Report and an update on the Safe Harbor Act from 2011. 1/29, 10:00 AM, 10 SOB
We'll be seeing a lot on disability this session, due to last session's legislative directive to DHS to work to achieve better outcomes for people with disabilities. DHS has termed this effort "Reform 2020."
- House Health & Human Services Policy Committee—Overview of autism provided. 1/29, 2:15 PM, 200 SOB
- House Public Safety Finance & Policy Committee—HF 40 discussed, concerns background studies and guardian/conservator modifications. 1/30, 10:00 AM, 10 SOB
- House health & Human Services Policy Committee—HF 181, providing coverage for autism spectrum disorder. 1/30, 2:15 PM, 200 SOB
This is definitely going to be a big topic this legislative session, due to the Affordable Care Act.
- House Health & Human Services Finance Committee—HF 9, expanding medical assistance eligibility and requiring the use of modified adjusted gross income & standard income disregard. 1/31, 10:00 AM, 200 SOB
- House Public Safety Finance & Policy Committee—Will be given an overview of criminal history scoring system and racial disparities in the criminal justice system. 1/31, 10:00 AM, 10 SOB