Senate approves changes meant to ease child care shortage

By |2018-05-07T16:43:20-05:00May 7th, 2018|

The Minnesota Senate has passed a handful of measures aimed at loosening restrictions on child care providers. The push comes following lawmaker's concerns that certain regulations are leading to a shortage of child care facilities, especially in rural areas. A handful of measures relaxing restrictions on training and licensing requirements overwhelmingly cleared the Senate Monday. According to the Department of Human Services, the number of family providers dropped from nearly 11,000 in 2011 to less than 9,000 in 2016. Sen. Bill Weber, a Republican from Luverne, says onerous requirements are causing many providers to close. His bill would tweak several license [...]

Frentz pushing to pass bill that focuses on presumption of PTSD for first responders

By |2018-01-25T15:24:50-06:00January 25th, 2018|

The legislative session is still over three weeks away, but a local lawmaker is getting a head start on a bill that would provide the presumption of an on the job injury for first responders who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). State Senator Nick Frentz (D-North Mankato) says the measure would change current Minnesota law that says there is no presumption that a first time diagnosis of PTSD for police, fire or first responders comes from work. "We've seen countless examples through the years, not only in my 30 years of practicing law, but State Patrolmen who were at [...]

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