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Week in Review: Jan. 31-Feb. 4

The House Chamber pictured on Feb. 3. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)
The House Chamber pictured on Feb. 3. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

The first week of the 2022 legislative session is in the books. Lawmakers hit the ground running with a busy schedule of committee and division hearings over the past few days.

From bonding and frontline workers to broadband, housing and public safety, there were no shortage of issues that received attention.

And, while it remains to be seen whether Punxsutawney Phil – who saw his shadow Wednesday – is right about six more weeks of winter, it’s a sure bet things will only get busier in the days and weeks to come as things around the Capitol get fully up to speed.

Work continues Monday with a meeting of the House Ways and Means Committee at 10:30 a.m. followed at 1 p.m. by the agriculture, education policy, health and workforce committees. Members are then set to gather for their usual Monday 3:30 p.m. floor session, although there are no bills on the Calendar for the Day.

[WATCH Weekly recap on YouTube]

But before next week arrives, here’s a look at what you may have missed this 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.


State’s fixer-uppers are a big part of Walz's bonding request



The whole picture: Should inflation be included on both sides of the budget forecast ledger?



Judiciary panel OKs bill to prohibit discrimination based on hair texture, style


Proposed constitutional amendment would make gender equality a fundamental right



'Fair repair' bill aims to unlock repairs by independent providers



Broadband internet access expanding statewide, but officials say many rural areas still underserved



House labor panel approves extended frontline workers’ compensation presumption



House committee hears that when it comes to climate change, where you live matters



Extended COVID-19 presumption for frontline workers passes House, heads to governor


DHS may waive some face-to-face requirements during COVID worker shortage


House health panel briefed on MN's COVID-19 situation, potential future trends


Citing health risks, House panel hears plan to remove lead drinking water service lines from MN homes



Housing stability program takes focus with state budget surplus



House panel hears civilian oversight measures in DFL public safety proposal


$100 million House DFL public safety proposal gets further hearing; 'We must be innovative,' sponsor says


House lawmakers consider plan offering new way to prevent crime in MN cities



Watch out snowmobilers — trespass penalties could increase



As lawmakers reconvene, what shape will 2022 session take?



Income tax subtraction for unemployment benefits? New legislation would bring it back


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