Happenings Thursday at the Minnesota Capitol:
PROFILE OF LEARNING
An outright repeal of the Profile of Learning graduation standards lost ground in the House.
On a 20-15 vote, the House Education Policy Committee rejected an attempt to eliminate the profile and replace it with a new system.
The move is another sign that lawmakers are making a conscious effort to avoid a repeat of last year's legislative deadlock that left the profile unchanged.
Rep. Tony Kielkucki, the author of last year's bill to abolish the project-based learning system, proposed the ''North Star Standard,'' which would have cut out state requirements in favor of local teaching models.
Not buckling up could be costly under a proposal to make not wearing a seat belt a primary offense.
The bill, which would allow police to pull people over solely for not wearing a belt in the front seat, got the endorsement of the House Transportation Committee.
All children between 3 and 18 would have to wear a seat belt regardless of where they are sitting in the car under the bill sponsored by Rep. Lee Greenfield, DFL-Minneapolis. Tickets would still be $25.
The Senate Transportation Committee scrapped a recommendation by another Senate panel and returned a bill dealing with Capitol security to its original form.
That would create a Capitol police department.
''We have to have our own police here,'' said Senate Crime Prevention and Judiciary Budget Division Chairman Randy Kelly, DFL-St. Paul, the bill's sponsor.
The bill would add four licensed officers for the Legislature and four more for Ventura.
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