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Week in Review: May 3-7

The silent sentinel stands among the spring blooms of flowering crabapple trees at the Minnesota Korean War Veterans Memorial on the Capitol Mall May 4. Photo by Paul Battaglia
The silent sentinel stands among the spring blooms of flowering crabapple trees at the Minnesota Korean War Veterans Memorial on the Capitol Mall May 4. Photo by Paul Battaglia

Conference committees worked in fits and starts on their omnibus bills this week, doing what they could to lay the groundwork, and find harmony where possible, that will allow them to hammer out agreements once legislative leaders provide final budget targets.

The billions-dollar question now is when, or possibly if, that agreement will come. Substantial progress is unlikely until it does, or until the respective bodies decide their differences can’t be reconciled and each moves ahead on its own.

Conferees did adopt same and similar language in some bills over the last few days and that work may continue in at least a few conference committees over the weekend with the state government, environment, health and human services and public safety panels each set to hold Saturday meetings.

But the schedule this time of year is subject to change on very short notice, so it’s best to check the Combined Legislative Meeting Calendar regularly for updates.

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

As the clock continues to countdown to this session’s May 17 deadline, here’s one last look at what you may have missed this week:



Conferees cultivate plan to resolve differences in agriculture and broadband legislation



House, Senate begin work on bridging $620.5 million divide on education bill


Omnibus pension and retirement bill gains committee approval



A loan against the vortex: House panel approves price spike protection


Conferees find House wants renewables, Senate health reinsurance



Money matches up in House, Senate Legacy bills — but not where to spend it


Path to compromise on omnibus environment bill as conference committee kicks off



Lawmakers get to work on crafting compromise HHS budget bill



Differences in omnibus housing bills highlighted in first conference committee meeting



Bill to create alternative to custody warrants passes House


Police reform proposals get lukewarm Senate response in conference committee


Public safety omnibus bill conferees start task of resolving major differences in policy provisions



Compromise on elections proposals, other measures needed as House, Senate start negotiations on omnibus state government bill



American Rescue Plan means changes for Minnesota taxpayers


Tax bills bear big differences on the bottom line



Transportation conferees begin work while waiting for final budget target


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