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Week in Review: Jan. 25-29

With the introduction of his $52 billion budget proposal this week, Gov. Tim Walz made the first major move of the 2021 legislative session, setting the stage for the hearings, debates and negotiations to follow as lawmakers work to arrive at a balanced budget for the biennium that starts July 1, 2021.

As members begin hearings on the various aspects of that proposal, several major bills were already by House committees this week, including HF9, a package of campaign and elections reform proposals, and HF38, which would appropriate $30 million for the state’s disaster assistance contingency account.

Both bills provoked sharp debate with members agreeing on certain aspects of each but also finding serious disagreements on policy and where money should go.

Week in Review: Jan. 25-29

And, by the way, committee deadlines were unveiled.

Overviews are expected to continue next week but more and more bills are also popping up on agendas, including HF40 in the House Housing Finance and Policy Committee, which would establish a rental assistance program for low-income households.

Be sure to check the weekly schedule for updates on the days ahead, and let’s take one more look at what you may have missed last week.

Check out the latest gallery from House Photography and stay up-to-date on House news and updates throughout the week at Session Daily.



Farmer-lender mediation window could be extended a third time


Legacy Committee hears of COVID-19 impact on the arts


Committees told capital projects should be ready for climate change


Hearing focuses on bringing more equity to bonding projects


Could bonding help rectify racial disparities?



Tax increases on wealthiest, budget reserves key pieces of Walz's budget proposal


Minnesota well-positioned for recovery, state economist tells lawmakers



Committee approves 15% cap on food delivery services fees


House sends legislation to governor extending remote marriage license options


Bill would permit Minnesota to enforce Canadian orders of protection


Bill would speed up process for getting U-visa protections


District court judges present their case to judiciary committee


Disagreement flares over use of disaster assistance dollars to rebuild following civil unrest



Interventions in early childhood could prevent life-long skills gaps


‘Increase Teachers of Color Act of 2021’ clears education committee on party-line vote


Possible solutions offered to student social-emotional and academic challenges


Education committee reviews racial disparities, poor student outcomes



‘Common sense’ or 'hyper-partisan?' Elections bill clears House committee on party-line vote


Vote delayed on package of DFL-backed election changes



Laid-off service workers could get recall protections


Legislation proposes paid sick leave for nurses, essential workers


Debate continues on clean energy standard bill


Energy efficiency act on its way to the House floor



Bill would require timely update to state's invasive species plan


Escaped deer provision reinserted into floor-bound natural resources bill



Interstate compact could expand access to mental health services, continuity of care


More pandemics? Health division hears how public health and climate change converge


Bed shortage for inpatient psychiatric treatment impacting care and access, lawmakers hear


Proposed MinnesotaCare expansion aims to aid undocumented immigrants, small businesses, families



Minnesota State system request funds for campus stability, equity


U of M leaders make lowest funding request in 20 years



MN renters need stronger protections, advocates tell House panel



Plan aims to make local government website accessibility ‘a right for all’



House panel hears about public safety concerns in Greater Minnesota


House panel hears similarities, challenges of policing in Greater Minnesota



Legislative leaders announce 2021 committee deadlines


House passes resolution to ‘denounce violence’ and ‘support our democracy’


Select committee report: Bring a racial justice lens to legislation



Testifiers tout economic benefits of transportation spending


Transportation members updated on state’s infrastructure present and future needs


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