From a bill targeted at systemic racism to additional protections for meatpacking workers, proposals to begin automatic voter registration and a benefits extension for hourly school employees, the House covered a lot of ground this week.
There are long hours and loaded agendas ahead as well, with committee deadlines each of the next two Fridays. They begin again on Monday with the normal slate of meetings, beginning with the House Ways and Means Committee gathering at 10:30 a.m. followed by four more hearings at 1 p.m. and a House floor session at 3:30 p.m.
But two committees are now also scheduled to meet later Monday, beginning at 5 p.m. – the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law and the House State Government Finance and Elections committees.
Additional evening meetings are already popping up in the days ahead, so enjoy the weekend and the warmer weather. And be sure to check the weekly schedule for updates and scheduling changes.
Here’s one more look at what you may have missed this past 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.
Crop development program would get $10 million under approved bill
With call for funds to help rebuild damaged neighborhoods, Walz bonding plan meets resistance from House GOPers
BUSINESS AND COMMERCE
Barns hosting wedding events could be exempt from sprinkler requirements
Measure excluding COVID-19 relief payments from debt garnishment heads to House Floor
Prosecutors would have more leeway to request reduced sentences under bill headed to House Floor
$57 million sought for statewide economic development boost
MN high school seniors might be required to take personal finance course
College in the Schools teacher training program could get funding extension
Proposal would prohibit schools from suspending young elementary students
Education committee considers extending funding for suicide-prevention training
Proposal would limit youngest learners’ device usage
Education committee considers changes to the teacher licensure system
Proposed automatic voter registration moves forward in House
Meatpacking workers — their plight spotlighted amid pandemic — afforded more protections under bill advancing in House
Benefits extension sought for school bus drivers, other hourly school workers
Should MN allow solar generation on prime farmland?
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Relief proposed for loggers affected by paper mill closure
Biennial water-quality proposal boosted by February budget forecast
Bill banning perc, prioritizing dry cleaners for cleanup funds clears House
Board of Animal Health could be restructured after CWD criticism
Big boost in funding proposed to help pregnant women, families with young children
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Lawmaker pushes 'common-sense' interventions for kids with asthma
Allowing care attendants to help people with disabilities travel would have ‘big impact,’ advocates say
House health panel considers trauma-centered approach to prevent gun violence
Funding change to crisis stabilization services could improve access to care, lawmaker says
House panel approves funding for Alzheimer’s awareness campaign
Medical Assistance eligibility could be extended for new mothers
More relatives could provide foster care under proposed reforms
Dangers of skin-lightening creams could be highlighted by grant program
Lawmakers consider a boost to funding for program targeted at low-income students pursuing higher education
Debt collection practices by landlords could see stiffer regulation
Approved bill would provide $55 million annually for homeless families
With state's supply of affordable housing low, lawmakers look to boost MN homebuyers
Held over bill aims to provide lawyers to public housing tenants facing evictions
Saying local control lacking, Roseville officials push lawmakers for statewide hotel licensing
PROMISE Act would provide $268 million to businesses suffering after last year's civil unrest
Private prison prohibition heads to House Floor
RECREATION AND TOURISM
Legacy funds could help close the swimming gap
Committee considers grants to increase sensory accessibility accommodation
Divided House committee OK's $450m DFL plan targeted at 'ending systemic racism' in MN
House panel approves bill that aims to review state tax activity effectiveness, fiscal impact
Nonpartisan House office honored for informing Minnesotans
Fire and police station construction could be less taxing
For Minnesotans with student debt, paying off loans could get a little less expensive