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Starting Line: Require students to stay in school until age 18?

All states have some form of a compulsory school attendance law that defines the minimum and maximum age in which a student must be enrolled and attend public school, or some equivalent education program.

With some exceptions, Minnesota law requires that every child between ages 7 and 17 receive instruction, unless the child has graduated.

This week’s Starting Line features a bill that would bump that age to 18.

Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul) says his bill’s goal is to help prepare students for the real world when they leave high school. 

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Event Schedule

House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee
Tuesday, January 27 2015 10:15 AM
Watch: Live Event
Guardian ad Litem Program overview.
Tax Court overview.
Uniform Law Commission overview.

House Health and Human Services Finance Committee
Tuesday, January 27 2015 12:45 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF264 (Knoblach) Disaster assistance, food assistance, Minnesota Security Hospital, natural resources enforcement activities, Ebola-related costs, and Zoological Board deficiency funding provided; local road repair local match funds provided; protection of water and soil resources in a disaster area funding provided; and money appropriated.
- If you would like to testify on the Minnesota Department of Human Services or Minnesota Department of Health deficiency requests, please contact Chris Stolarzyk at Chris.Stolarzyk@house.mn.

House Mining & Outdoor Recreation Policy Committee
Tuesday, January 27 2015 2:45 PM
Watch: Live Event
Informational hearing for silica sand mining from silica sand producers, and state agency silica sand rule-making update from Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Environmental Quality Board.

WEDNESDAY - House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee
Wednesday, January 28 2015 8:15 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF181 (McNamara) Outdoor Heritage Fund money appropriated, outdoor heritage fund money requirements modified, previous appropriation modified, and appropriating money.

WEDNESDAY - House Taxes Committee
Wednesday, January 28 2015 10:15 AM
Watch: Live Event
Department of Revenue presentation on Governor Dayton's proposed FY 2016-17 budget.

WEDNESDAY - House Education Finance Committee
Wednesday, January 28 2015 12:45 PM
Watch: Live Event
Governor Dayton's FY 2016-17 budget proposal and agency budget requests.

WEDNESDAY - House Health and Human Services Reform Committee
Wednesday, January 28 2015 2:45 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF180 (Sanders) Manufactured home space requirements modified.
Presentation by the Minnesota Medical Association.

THURSDAY - House floor session
Thursday, January 29 2015 3:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
House floor session

News and Notes

Prefiled Bill Introductions HF1863-HF2142
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Members won’t seek re-election

Several members of the House have announced they will not seek re-election in 2014. An updated list can be found through this link.


Want to contact your U.S. representative, the governor or a state agency? Click here for a roster of federal and state contacts. 

Session: Round 2

The House and Senate have agreed by joint resolution that the 2014 session is scheduled to begin Feb. 25. With that start date, the second year of the biennium could be a maximum 13 weeks in length.


What now for all those leftover bills?

Thousands of bills were introduced in the House and Senate, but only a small percentage make it to law. So, what happens to the remaining bills? Most sit in limbo, waiting for possible action during the 2014 session. (Read More)



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