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Bill filings - Tuesday

Posted at 4:40 PM on February 13, 2007 by Bob Collins

A handful of House bills were thrown into the hopper this afternoon.

The highlights:

There have been a relatively large number of bills in the House this year dealing with mental health. None has yet come to the floor. Two more were filed today. HF922 authorizes provider rate increases (said to be one of the barriers to attracting mental health professionals to the state and it's one of the complaints when hospitals have closed mental health facilities. ) HF 923 creates a mental health fatality review team. HF936 creates a crisis intervention team state council.

HF926 provides money to study septic systems' impact on the environment. Remind me to tell you about my 12-foot-high Zinnia's around my old septic system sometime.

HF929 provides a sales tax exemption for materials used in the construction of a water treatment facility in Minnetonka. OK, nobody cares, I get that. But I'm putting this here to show you the type of bill that will get easy passage and then the gov's signature for some big points. Sponsors: Reps. Ruud and Benson.

Hf930 is a Republican bill that allows health insurance premiums to be subtracted from individual income on Minnesota's income tax.

HF941 is the bill (from Rep. Ann Lenczewski) that makes anyone who transfers to another school under the state's open enrollment program ineligible for postseason tournament competitions. That's gotten a fair amount of sports radio talk show attention.