There’s a hearing in Minnesota House committee today on a bill that would make marriage for anyone under age 18 illegal in Minnesota. Proof of age would be required to obtain a marriage license
Committees in both the Senate and House debate proposals that would extend what’s called “reinsurance,” in which the state picks up the cost of health coverage for the most seriously ill, with the goal of keeping everyone else’s premium down. Opponents say the state can’t afford spending potentially hundreds of millions of dollars again this budget cycle.
There are hearings on increasing the purchase age for tobacco products to 21 across the state. A number of communities have already done it by passing ordinances. The same House committee debates a bill that would make e-cigarettes subject to the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act.
And a House committee debates a bill that would allow school boards, without voter approval, to renew existing property tax levies that voters passed in earlier referendums but now are set to expire. Any renewal would be required to have the same per-pupil amount and the same term, up to 10 years.