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Housing panel reviews agreement on ending state's eviction moratorium

Ending of the COVID-19-related eviction moratorium and making substantial investments in multiple types of housing are among the highlights of a bill with bipartisan agreement.

Omnibus higher education bill joins Saturday night passing party

Like a heavy rain after a heat wave, budget bills started bursting forth Saturday night after three days of House Republican filibusters, one after another gaining approval. As ...

House passes omnibus agriculture, broadband finance bill

After tabling the omnibus agriculture and broadband finance bill following about 8 hours of debate Friday, the House took the bill up again Saturday and made short work of it, p...

At long last, Legacy: House passes first bill of special session

After three days of filibusters by House Republicans, a bill was finally passed by the House. But the first budget bill approved during the first special session of 2021 doesn’t really deal with the state budget. Not the General Fund anyway.

House debates, then tables $139 million omnibus agriculture bill

Republicans say the $139 million omnibus agriculture and broadband finance bill needs more committee scrutiny and debate.

Tax agreement is ready to go, complete with PPP, unemployment exemptions

Bipartisan support has been given to the omnibus tax bill that is going to the House Ways and Means Committee.

With budget still unfinished, action on House Floor grinds to halt during daylong debate

The omnibus commerce, climate and energy finance and policy bill was to be the first of the budget bills to be debated by the full House during this special session.

Commerce, energy agreement heads to House Floor; action anticipated Thursday

Increased protection for consumers and borrowers, and a boost for renewable energy are key elements of an agreement the House and Senate have reached in the areas of commerce and energy.

Lawmakers return for special session as budget talks continue

Lawmakers resume efforts to pass two-year budget needed to fund the state’s government that would shut down if an agreement is not reached before July 1.

Compromise agreement proposes $139 million budget for agriculture initiatives

Rep. Mike Sundin (DFL-Esko) chairs the House Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee. Monday morning he had words of praise for a compromise budget agreement. “It invests i...

Special session officially set to begin Monday, focus to be setting state budget

Gov. Tim Walz has issued a proclamation calling the House and Senate back to St. Paul for a special session beginning at noon, June 14, and noted he intends to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency by 30 days to help the state continue to quickly and effectively respond to the pandemic.

Legacy agreement reached and ready for the special session

Among the 13 conference committees tasked with forging compromises between what passed the House and Senate this year, only one knew months ago how much money it would be disbur...

One agreement down, 12 to go: Higher education completes its assignment

The $3.51 billion agreement, expected to be introduced as a bill in a special session, would cap tuition increases for Minnesota State students at 3.5% over the next two academic years.

Working group hears how new federal funds could affect health and human services

The Department of Human Services’ directors of fiscal policy and budget laid out their understanding of how much is coming in from the feds and the guidelines for its use.

Changes to Board of Animal Health, cottage food law included in ag bill that passes House, Senate

A policy-only, compromise omnibus agriculture bill that includes changes to the state's cottage food law has received legislative approval, despite a disagreement over changes to the Board of Animal Health.

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