Key committees in the Minnesota House (1030am) and Senate (9am) have hearings this morning on two different bills — both highly controversial:

A Republican bill in the Senate would require that abortion facilities be licensed.   Backers say it will ensure patients’ health is protected. Opponents warn the real objective is to restrict access. In the House, the hearing is on a Democratic bill that would require employers provide as a benefit to workers a certain amount of what’s termed “safe and sick time.” Opponents warn it will put businesses under even more pressure during a time that’s already tough. On the Senate floor today, a bill that would require statewide standardized tests be given this spring, regardless of whether students are distance-learning, in the classroom or under hybrid instruction. It’s pushback to a move by some to relax testing requirements, given the difficulty some students are having during the pandemic.