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Week in Review: Feb. 19-23

Drum Major Ari Martin conducts a University of Minnesota pep band Feb. 22 during U of M Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

One week from today it will be March. One month from today is the first committee deadline. And with the February 2024 Budget and Economic Forecast scheduled to be released Wednesday, the busiest days of this year’s legislative session should soon begin.

But lawmakers will have a brief pause next Tuesday, Feb. 27 to attend precinct caucuses, which are held by political parties around the state to discuss issues and organize in advance of November’s general election. No committee meetings will be held Tuesday or before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Monday’s schedule will not change. The House Ways and Means Committee is to hold its usual 10:30 a.m. hearing, although the agenda does note the committee will recess and return 15 minutes after the afternoon floor session to take up HF3489, the school resource officer bill.

That floor session will start at its usual 3:30 p.m. time, but there are no bills on the Calendar for the Day.  

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Recent Dailies

Aid to nursing homes, grants for workers pass House in session’s final hours
Rep. Natalie Zeleznikar and other House members applaud following the passage of HF3342, a bill to support nursing home facilities. (Photo by Catherine Davis) Nursing homes were a frequent talking point for Republican legislators at press conferences throughout this session. Statistics were often presented about how many had already c...
House lawmakers send pair of capital investment bills to governor’s desk as 2023 session ends
House Speaker Melissa Hortman and House Majority Leader Jamie Long meet with the media following adjournment of the 2023 legislative session May 22. (Photo by Catherine Davis) “But wait, there’s more” is not just an infomercial catch phrase. It could be applied to a pair of capital investment bills which left the House March 6 with $1.9 billion in inf...
$9.3 billion health bill would repeal old abortion laws, address health disparities
Rep. Tina Liebling hugs Rep. Hodan Hassan after the passage of SF2995, the health and human services finance bill, May 22. (Photo by Catherine Davis) It’s not déjà vu. It’s happening again. From day one to the session’s final, dwindling hours, lawmakers have debated abortion rights. Monday the discussion largely surro...
DFLers call transportation package a ‘generational investment’ as House gives a green light
Rep. Frank Hornstein presents the transportation finance and policy bill on the House Floor May 21. (Photo by Andrew VonBank) Planes, trains and automobiles. And bicycles, buses and pedestrians. Funding for pretty much every type of travel is included in the conference committee report on HF2887, p...
House passes tax package that includes rebate checks, $1 billion in new revenues
Rep. Aisha Gomez and House Majority Leader Jamie Long talk during a break in the May 20 debate on HF1938, the tax finance and policy bill. (Photo by Catherine Davis) Is it the largest tax cut in Minnesota history? Or the biggest tax hike the state has ever experienced? Could it be both? That’s the crux of the debate about the conference ...
Agreement on transportation budget includes gas tax hike, delivery fee
A DFL agreement to an amended transportation budget bill proposes a 50-cent fee on deliveries more than $100, indexing the state's gas tax to inflation, and increasing the metro area sales tax by 0.75% to help fund transit. (House Photography file photo) There’s been widespread agreement that the Legislature should put more money into transportation. There’s even broad agreement on where much of the money should go. And Saturday...
Compromise agreement on nurse staffing legislation clears conference committee
Sen. Erin Murphy and Rep. Sandra Feist listen to comments from conferees May 20 during the conference committee on SF1384 – the “Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.” (Photo by Andrew VonBank) After years of demanding action from the Legislature, nurses are primed to finally gain a say in hospital staffing levels.
House passes $14 billion human services package that includes contentious nursing home loan program
Rep. Mohamud Noor presents the human services finance bill on the House Floor May 19. (Photo by Andrew VonBank) Every day more and more employees join the “Great Resignation,” a mass exodus of workers from their jobs, especially burnt-out heath care staff. From nursing homes to reside...
House passes state and local government agreement that calls for new state flag, changes to legislative procedure
Rep. Ginny Klevorn presents the conference committee report on HF1830, the state government finance bill, on the House Floor May 19. (Photo by Andrew VonBank) With four days left in the regular session, the House passed a funding mechanism for itself and others in the next two fiscal years. Also included is a major policy change f...
House passes prospective new state regulations of Uber and Lyft
Rep. Hodan Hassan, Rep. Mohamud Noor, Rep. Mary Francis Clardy and Rep. Marìa Isa Pèrez-Vega pose for a selfie with supporters of HF2369 in front of the House Chamber May 17. (Photo by Andrew VonBank) The working conditions of rideshare drivers with Uber and Lyft are potentially due for a major overhaul. Following a brief debate Thursday night, the House passed HF2369, as...

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