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may be sent directly or an ask through the Weekly Advocate.

We encourage you to engage with your legislators. Invite them into your school district to attend events or school board meetings.
2019 Legislative Session
Week Two - January 14, 2019
Government Relations Survey
Thanks to those who have completed the survey. We are receiving responses each day and need more!
In an effort to better represent you at the Capitol, we are asking members to help us understand issues that impact you by taking a brief survey. Click here to access the survey.
Legislative Update
House and Senate Set Priorities
Rep. Melissa Hortman is sworn in as House speaker Tuesday by Associate Supreme Court Justice _ and former speaker _ Paul Thissen. Photo by Andrew VonBank
Melissa Hortman was sworn in as Speaker of the House last week and a flurry of bills were introduced, setting the tone for the 91st Legislative Session. The House's first 10 bills deal with education, affordable health care and gun violence.
The Senate's first bills concentrated on child care, health care costs and simplifying the tax code.

MSBA would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the loss of former Rep. Tom Rukavina who passed away recently of leukemia. Rep. Rukavina was a tremendous supporter of the School Trust Lands.
Education Bill Introductions
H.F. 1 -relating to early childhood, creating additional funding and opportunities for children ages birth to three; governing certain programs and funding for prenatal care services, home visiting, early childhood education, and child care assistance.
H.F. 2 -relating to education finance; increasing funding for school-linked mental health services grants; providing funding for full-service community schools; extending
funding for support our students grants; funding the homework starts with home program; increasing funding for the collaborative urban educator program.
H.F. 19 - relating to education; modifying the world's best workforce performance measures and reports.
S.F. 7 - relating to school safety; increasing revenue for the safe schools program.
S.F. 14 - relating to education; requiring a nationally normed college entrance exam for high school graduation.
S.F. 17 - relating to education; requiring a government and citizenship course for graduation.
S.F. 19 - relating to education; requiring personal finance for high school graduation.
S.F. 24 - relating to education finance; increasing the general education basic formula allowance; providing annual inflationary increases in the basic formula allowance for fiscal year 2022 and later.
S.F. 25 - relating to education; authorizing school districts to bond for certain security equipment.
S.F. 28 - relating to education; requiring school districts to pay the cost of a college entrance exam for all students in grade 11 or 12.
S.F. 32 - relating to education finance; authorizing school districts to use long-term facilities maintenance revenue programs for physical modifications enhancing school facility
safety; modifying the calculation of long-term facilities maintenance revenue.
S.F. 50 - relating to capital investment; appropriating money for school safety grants; authorizing the sale and issuance of state bonds.
S.F. 55 - relating to education finance; modifying the calculation of special education aid (using current fiscal year data).
S.F. 109 - relating to education; authorizing school districts to renew expiring referendums by action of school board.
S.F. 122 - relating to education finance; increasing the general education basic formula allowance; providing annual inflationary increases in the basic formula allowance
for fiscal year 2022 and later.

Other Bill Introductions of Interest
H.F. 10 - relating to human rights; clarifying the definition of sexual harassment.
S.F. 1 - relating to human services; establishing mental health grants.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
House
Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 8:00 AM     
Room: Capitol 120
Overview of Early Childhood Development

Thursday, January 17, 2019 8:00 AM
Room: Capitol 120

Minnesota State Agencies: Prenatal Care & Birth
Overview of Infant and Maternal Health/Mortality, Minnesota Department of Health
Overview of Medicaid Eligibility for Pregnant Women, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Education Finance Division
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:45 AM      
Room 5
Education overview - Minnesota Department of Education presentation

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:45 AM      
Room 5
Presentations from:
Association of Metropolitan School Districts
Minnesota Rural Education Association
Minnesota Association of Charter Schools

Thursday, January 17, 2019 9:45 AM      
Room 5
Kids Voices - Minnesota Alliance with Youth

Education Policy Division
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:30 PM      
Room 5
Overview of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the World's Best Workforce
Overview of Professional Educators Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 2:30 PM      
Room 5
Overview of Education Funding -House Research Department
Introductions of Education Organizations

Senate  
Committee on E-12 Finance and Policy
Monday, January 14, 2019 3:00 PM
Room 1100 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Welcome: Commissioner, Mary Cathryn Ricker    
Budget Forecast and E-12 Finance: Fiscal Analyst, Jenna Hofer
    2019 E-12 November Forecast Briefing 1-14 (PDF)
     E12_November 2018 Forecast, State Aid (PDF)
    E12_November 2018 Forecast, Levies (PDF)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 3:00 PM
Room 1100 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Presentation of education organizations' legislative agendas.    
 
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