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Mission to Cuba would make Minnesota farmers first to market


In mid-December the Obama administration announced it would begin to normalize relations with Cuba, opening the door to potentially lucrative new markets. Now, Minnesota farmers want to be among the first to move through it.

The House Agriculture Finance Committee heard legislation Tuesday which seeks to help them do just that. HF772, sponsored by Rep. Jack Considine Jr. (DFL-Mankato), would provide $100,000 to identify existing and emerging opportunities in Cuba for Minnesota’s agricultural producers.

“I believe there’s an opportunity for the best family farmers in the world, here in Minnesota, to expand the markets in Cuba as the restrictions are being lifted,” Considine said. “I’d like to see us get down there first.” (Read more)

(PICTURED: Ralph and Clifton Kaehler, from left, testify before the House Agriculture Finance Committee March 3 in support of a bill sponsored by Rep. Jack Considine Jr., right, that would fund Cuba agricultural marketing efforts. Photo by Andrew VonBank)

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Event Schedule

House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee
Thursday, March 5 2015 8:15 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF184 (Drazkowski) Aquatic invasive species prevention program requirements repealed.
HF1065 (Uglem) Aquatic invasive species trailer decal requirements modified.
HF570 (Drazkowski) Aquatic invasive species aid repealed.

House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee
Thursday, March 5 2015 10:15 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF406 (O'Driscoll) Community safety personnel training about use of de-escalation techniques funding provided.
HF1089 (Rarick) Firework manufacture, sale, and use regulated.

House Health and Human Services Finance Committee
Thursday, March 5 2015 12:45 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF346 (Hoppe) Regional poison information center grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF832 (Hamilton) Local public health grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1201 (Schomacker) Statewide text message suicide prevention program funding provided, and money appropriated.
* If you would like to testify, please contact the Committee Legislative Assistant, Chris Stolarzyk, at Chris.Stolarzyk@house.mn.

House floor session
Thursday, March 5 2015 3:30 PM
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HF2 (Loon) Teacher licensure and employment conditions clarified; alternative teacher licensure amended; teacher licensure reciprocity with adjoining states provided; license via portfolio, exemption for technical education instructors, teachers' unrequested leaves of absence and teaching assignments decisions, and teacher examination requirements clarified; and placing students with ineffective teachers prohibited.

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Prefiled Bill Introductions HF1863-HF2142
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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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