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Legislative Update: March 21, 2016

• Closed Captioning Bill Hearing this week
Remaining bills introduced
• Hearing on and clarification about Education Reports Bill

Closed Captioning Bill Hearing this week
The bill to require that closed captioning be on at all times in hospital waiting rooms and whenever state or local governments have TVs for the public will have a hearing this week. The House Civil Law Committee will hold a hearing on the bill, HF 2742, on Thursday, March 24th at 8:15 a.m. Jan McCready-Johnson will testify for it.
Remaining bills introduced
The rest of the bills that the Commission is supporting this have been introduced.
CC Bill
The Closed Captioning bill was introduced in the Senate as SF 2603 by Senators Alice Johnson of Blaine and Dan Hall of Burnsville. In the House, Representative Jerry Newton of Coon Rapids was added as an author of HF 2742.
The bill to study a Division of Healthy Aging within the Department of Health has been introduced in both the House and the Senate. HF 3036 was introduced by Representative Nels Pierson and SF 2621 was introduced in the Senate by Senators Sandy Pappas of Saint Paul and Carla Nelson of Rochester.
The bill to improve communication within the criminal justice system has been introduced as HF 3084 in the House by Representatives Nick Zerwas of Elk River and Dan Schoen of Cottage Grove. Senators Dan Brown of Becker and Barb Goodwin of Columbia Heights introduced the Senate bill as SF 2734.
The bill to Require Insurance Coverage for Aural Rehab Counseling has been introduced in the House by Representatives Tama Theis of Saint Cloud and Bob Loonan of Shakopee as HF 3181. The Senate version has been introduced by Senators John Hoffman of Champlin, Jim Carlson of Eagan, and Jim Metzen of South Saint Paul as SF 2720.
Hearing on Education Reports Bill
The Senate Education Policy Committee had a hearing on the bill to tweak the requirements of the educational reports, SF 2554, on Thursday, March 17th. Anna Paulson, the Commission’s Coordinator of Educational Advancements & Partnerships testified for the bill. The Committee was supportive of the bill. We expect them to include this policy change in a larger, “omnibus” education policy bill that they will pass later in the session.
Please note: Current law requires the Minnesota Department of Education to prepare this report every year. The bill changes the requirement to every-other year, not twice a year. We erroneously reported twice a year in our legislative agenda announcement and apologize for any confusion caused. We have made the fix on the legislative page of our website.
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