Highlights: Friday at the State Capitol

Updated: 03/14/2014 9:54 AM
Created: 03/14/2014 8:18 AM
By: Jennie Olson

Here are some highlights of what’s happening at the Minnesota State Capitol on Friday, March 14:

A House committee will consider a bill that would stop a new state privacy policy that would make it more difficult for insurance companies to get your driving information. It also calls for a study on the issue. The Department of Public Safety said the new policy is about protecting your personal information -- the driver's license and motor vehicle data for all Minnesotans. Right now, companies can buy that data from the government in bulk.

Another House committee will continue the debate over regulating drone use by the government and law enforcement. Those pushing the measures say Minnesota's laws haven't kept up with technology. They argue it is too easy for police to use cellphones and drones to track whereabouts and that stricter privacy controls are needed. 

A bill increasing the availability of Narcan to first responders will go before a Senate committee. Narcan is a brand name of the drug called Naloxone, which is known as the "Heroin Overdose Antidote" because it reverses the effects of opiates. During a heroin overdose, opioids block too many receptors in the brain, which makes the person stop breathing. When the Naloxone goes in, it takes the place of the opioids so the person can breathe normally.

Also, special education teachers in Minnesota would spend more time teaching and less time doing paperwork under a new proposal. A bill would create an online system to help streamline the paperwork process for special education teachers, who often have to spend more time on it than other teachers. The House has a hearing on Thursday to talk about it.

Minnesota State Capitol

Minneapolis/St. Paul

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