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Week in Review: Feb. 22-26

The Capitol is reflected in a puddle of melted snow at dusk Feb. 25. Photo by Paul Battaglia
The Capitol is reflected in a puddle of melted snow at dusk Feb. 25. Photo by Paul Battaglia

Evening meetings and long Fridays are the norm now that the Legislature stands two weeks away from the first committee deadline March 12. That's when committees must act favorably on bills in their house of origin.

There were 10 House hearings Friday — and that was in addition to the state’s latest budget forecast that dramatically swung the numbers from red to black and promises to reshape the debate as lawmakers work to reach agreement on a two-year budget.

Members will begin a deeper dive into that forecast on Monday, when the House Ways and Means Committee has dedicated its 10:30 a.m. meeting to the subject with presentations from Minnesota Management and Budget officials and State Economist Laura Kalambokidis.

Be sure to check the weekly schedule for updates on the days ahead. Before that, let's take another look at what you may have missed this past week.

Week in Review: Feb. 22-26



Lawmakers consider increasing MN biofuel standard


Funding needed to grow Emerging Farmer Working Group



State is back in the black in latest budget forecast



Price gouging during disasters could become a crime


House panel hears bill aiming to stop ‘excessive’ increases in drug prices



Bill aims to guard against false testimony from jailhouse informants



Funding for mental health and school support staff included in governor’s E-12 proposal


Early childhood educator incentive programs could get funding boost


Committee considers more money for getting to school safely


Governor’s education policy plan draws strong reactions on House panel


Students could have better access to after-school programs


Civics class could be mandatory for high school juniors and seniors



Workers’ compensation changes proposed for teachers with COVID-19


Funding sought to boost construction careers for underrepresented groups


Bill seeks more funding to train students in high-demand health care fields



New energy efficient building standards could be adopted in Minnesota



New power agreement could ensure ash waste wood management


Control over pesticide bans could be returned to local governments



Bill aims to make ‘much-needed changes’ to child support formulas


Proposed update to law targets fraud in economic assistance programs



New consumer protections considered for mail-order prescriptions


House vote puts dentists a step closer to aiding vaccine distribution efforts


Nearly $300,000 sought to promote support for people with intellectual, developmental disabilities


Mandatory reporting for prenatal care providers discourages treatment, advocates say


Alternate access sought for children requiring residential mental health treatment


Education and training support intended to improve outcomes for high-risk babies


Early childhood committee advances paid family and medical leave bill


Bill aims to ‘mainstream’ obesity treatment



Lawmakers recommend eight for U of M Board of Regents seats


Proposal seeks to end predatory lending practices by student loan servicers



For those without housing, 'sacred settlements' could be lifeline


Mobile home park residents would get purchase opportunity, under approved bill



Lawmakers learn about ‘crisis situation’ of inmate deaths in state prisons and jails


'Driver’s licenses for all' bill clears first House hurdle


Environment panel approves update to motorboat, recreational vehicle DUI provisions


Bill aims to remove ‘humiliation and trauma’ of shackling juvenile defendants



No state disaster funds for civil unrest damages under plan heard in House committee


House division OK's — remotely — more local governing via video



Should a portion of a college sports ticket be tax deductible? Bill says ‘yes’



State’s hotels could gain a new tool for recovery


MN restaurants — hit hard by pandemic — could see tax exemption



Transportation panel learns more about Metro Transit's bus rapid transit plans


Expanded Capitol security, increased license plate fee part of Walz's transportation budget


Bonding proposals could ramp up train travel between Twin Cities and Duluth, Chicago


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