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Week in Review: March 1-5

Photo by Paul Battaglia
Photo by Paul Battaglia

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



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?



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



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



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


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