The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act will get its second committee hearing of the year on Wednesday.

The bill has been the target of religious right and Tea Party groups largely because of protections for LGBT students. The bill passed the Senate Education Committee last week after amendments to the bill were offered. Here are the details for Wednesday’s hearing:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 – 8:30 AM

Committee on Finance
Chair: Sen. Richard Cohen
8:30 a.m.
Room 123 Capitol

S.F. 2247-Tomassoni: Taconite production tax rate provisions modifications.

S.F. 1765-Jensen: Information technology certification partnership program requirements and appropriation.

H.F. 826-Dibble: Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act.

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Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.