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Week in Review: Feb. 1-5

During a week that began with Groundhog Day, it may not be surprising that one of the themes to House meetings over the past few days was legislation that’s been heard before.

From a bill (HF8) in the health finance committee that would change how public health care programs purchase prescription drugs, to a bill (HF151) in the environment committee to appropriate $70 million in environmental trust fund spending, and another (HF7, in the labor committee) to provide paid sick leave, lawmakers revived some familiar topics and debates.

There was even another push started in the state government committee (HF72) to allow daylight saving time to stay in place year-round, and the week ended with a joint hearing Friday of the environment and agriculture committees to discuss the ongoing threat Minnesota trees face from the emerald ash borer.

Week in Review: Feb. 1-5

Next week’s House business will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday with a House Ways and Means Committee hearing that features several bills, including HF445, which would establish a ‘SAFE’ program meant to reimburse law enforcement agencies for costs that may be incurred in the months to come as trials commence for the killing of George Floyd.

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.



Mental health, hemp-tracking software prioritized in agriculture budget



Storm warning: Experts say plan now for state infrastructure damage — or pay more later



Governor's jobs budget targets workers, businesses amidst 'unprecedented' times



House passes bill to clarify and extend court deadlines


Bill aims to create a ‘fair system’ by reforming civil asset forfeiture laws



Walz proposes $745 million in new state aid for E-12 education


Proposal to diversify the teacher workforce receives a second hearing


Public weighs in on racial justice recommendations for MN schools



DFL proposal would expand paid sick leave to workers statewide


In effort to close wage gap, employers could be prohibited from asking about past salaries



Homeowners associations wouldn't have power to say no to solar under bill


Could refinancing be an option for retired power plants?



Millions of dollars needed to stem emerald ash borer's spread, experts say


Lawmakers consider removing hurdle in holding PFAS polluters accountable


State officials say COVID-19’s been good for park visits, bad for monitoring water


House panel OKs $71 million in conservation trust-funded projects



Boost to local public health grants could support prevention efforts across state


Bill seeks more upfront transparency in health care costs


MFIP reporting changes proposed to help families get out of deep poverty


Helping people with disabilities live outside nursing homes helps maintain dignity, advocate tells lawmakers


Parental consent may not be required for some teens to get mental health assistance


Lawmakers hear of ‘broken economic model’ that hinders early learning, child care


Support, mentorship for parents helps families reunite


State prescription drug purchasing program wins narrow approval in health committee



Private College Council requests increased funding for the state grant program



Long-term boost to emergency services funding another proposal aimed at tackling MN homelessness crisis


Help could be coming for emergency shelters after House panel OKs funding boost


Bill proposes ongoing assistance for state's struggling renters



Measure mandating local governments to create civilian oversight of law enforcement clears public safety panel


Legislation to exclude white supremacists from police ranks advances in House


Proposed ‘SAFE’ account aims to reimburse mutual aid costs for critical incidents



House panel hears bill to give Legislature say in COVID-19 response, but takes no vote


Legislative Commission on Cybersecurity proposed to shore up state systems


Is it time to end 'spring ahead, fall back?'



Walz tax proposal: Supporting 'those who have been hurt the most’ or ‘class warfare?’



Transportation committee approves limits on driver’s license suspensions



Panel OKs updating veterans law to ensure adult day program's standing


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