From health care to child care to lawn care, there was no shortage of subjects discussed and debated in the House of Representatives this week.
High-profile issues, such as $1 billion to pay frontline workers, infrastructure and looming tax increases on small businesses were addressed, as were areas such as the plant-based food industry and local control of landscaping regulations.
Next week will begin on Valentine’s Day, but there will be no honeymoon for lawmakers with contentious issues like paid family medical leave and creation of a public option for MinnesotaCare on the day’s schedule. However, Monday’s afternoon floor session could be a short one, with no bills on the Calendar for the Day.
So have a nice weekend, and here’s another look at what you may have missed this week.
Remember to stay up-to-date with House news and updates throughout the week at Session Daily.
State lawmakers consider seed money for growing plant-based food industry
Who will get big bucks coming state’s way from federal infrastructure act?
Student data privacy bill moving through House would bring MN laws ‘into the 21st century’
Start young: House bill would add early childhood to housing grant program
House education panel approves Increase Teachers of Color Act
Legislation seeks solution to special education funding shortfall
Education committee holds over plans for English Learner funding increases
Proposed changes to teacher licensure headed to House Floor
Opting in or out? Proposal aims to provide easier voter registration
House workforce committee OKs $1.2 billion plan to repay MN's unemployment trust fund
Committee OKs $1 billion plan for bonus pay to frontline workers
Warehouses could see increased workers’ safety requirements
Allowing younger liquor servers may be temporary solution to staffing shortage
House workforce panel ponders action to avoid tax increase for employers
Electricity from renewables experiencing a holdup in getting hooked up
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Bills banning use of PFAS approved by House environment committee
Native plants vs. lush lawns — state or local governments best to decide?
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Money for worker incentives, IT in supplemental DHS budget request
Effort to bring back child care waivers takes first step
Dental exam could be just another school test under new proposal
Education, advocacy next step in solving student loan ‘crisis’
Minnesota State officials seek more than $300 million in state support
U of M makes a ‘bold’ ask of lawmakers: $400m in extra funding through ‘25
House committee approves increased renter protections
Proposed grant program would provide $75 million to help emergency shelters provide for MN homeless
Speaking to lawmakers, state’s top housing official offers explanation for abrupt end to rental assistance program
MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS
Feeding veterans: Metro Meals on Wheels could add veteran focus
Public safety panel OKs expanded police powers to track stolen vehicles
Public safety panel hears new proposal to fund fight vs. sex trafficking
Funding, use remain topics of debate surrounding state’s disaster contingency fund
Results of race equity resolution reviewed by committee, more change requested
Late property tax payers could see some relief
Speed to blame for surge in traffic fatalities, officials tell House lawmakers