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Beyond the booze issue at TCF Stadium: What else is in the omnibus higher-ed bill?

You’d think that selling booze in the University of Minnesota’s TCF Stadium is the biggest issue in higher-ed legislation. It certainly grabs the most headlines.

If you somehow missed the story, the House of Representatives on Monday rejected an amendment to allow liquor sales in premium seating in the stadium. Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, tells the Minnesota Daily that she doesn’t see the provision surviving conference committee even though it passed in the Senate.

But there’s more to the omnibus higher education policy bill than the booze issue, according to House and Senate research summaries. Here are a few provisions that don’t attract a lot of attention:

• Extra money for Student Education Loan Fund (SELF) bonds: to $25 million per year from $10 million.

• “Senior citizens” will have to wait until age 66 to pay only an administrative fee for postsecondary classes at the U of M and Minnesota State Colleges & Universities institutions. They were eligible at age 62.

• Students at private, for-profit colleges can expect smaller state grants. The cap has been lowered, according to the House’s Session Daily.

• The Senate directs MnSCU schools “to make a reasonable effort to identify and purchase food products grown in the state.” 

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