There were nearly 50 House hearings and three floor sessions this week – all before Friday.
Plus, this was the week the newly redrawn district maps were released that will govern the state’s elections for the next decade. And the House also took on voter registration, absentee voting, no-knock warrants, paid family leave and a host of other issues over the last several days.
Monday is Presidents’ Day, but the House will be open for business and plans to hit the ground running beginning at 9 a.m. when the House Ways and Means Committee is to take up HF2900, which would appropriate $1 billion for payments to those working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The agriculture, education policy and workforce and business development committees also have hearings planned, each scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Finally, there is a 3:30 p.m. floor session scheduled, although there are no bills on the Calendar for the Day.
Have an enjoyable weekend and here’s a look at what you may have missed this week.
Remember to keep up-to-date on House news and updates throughout the week at Session Daily.
Bill seeks more funding, increased eligibility for drought relief to MN farmers
House panel approves medical cannabis negotiations between state, tribal nations
Liquor bills could allow nonprofits to better tap into needed funds
Relief could be on way for northern Minnesota businesses hit hard by fires, border restrictions
New comprehensive mental health positions proposed for Department of Education
Legislation proposes $25 per hour starting wage for non-licensed school employees
Minnesota’s redrawn legislative, congressional maps unveiled
Automatic absentee ballot distribution, more early voting get committee OK
Divided elections panel advances plan allowing 16-year-olds pre-registration to vote
State’s budget surplus could fund start of paid leave program
Draft bill would boost state weatherization program beset by backlog
State’s electric vehicle drivers could get a charge out of federal funding
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
House panel approves certification program for salt deicing applications
Deer farmers could face more requirements to safeguard against chronic wasting disease
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Human services panel advances bill expanding data use by DHS
House health panel approves bill to help more Minnesotans access MA benefits
Funding for mental health interventions could get boost
Proposal aims to help people navigate complex guardianship systems
Proposed MinnesotaCare expansion would aid undocumented immigrants, small businesses
Access to menstrual products in schools would be required under bill
Student loan borrowers could see some tax relief
House lawmakers consider grant program to spur housing rehab, development across state
Funding for homeless emergency services grants could increase by $35 million
Cost-burdened renters could receive further assistance
Public safety committee OKs legislation to restrict no-knock warrants
House panel OKs bill aiming to close ‘treatment gap’ for those found incompetent to stand trial
House panel OKs bill to extend statute of limitations for wrongful death suits against police
House panel puts debate on hold over creation of new state board regulating companion animals
Bills to create Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day await House vote
Dettmer will not seek re-election in 2022
Expanded child care credit could ease parents’ burden, bill’s supporters say
Transportation committee calls for review of Southwest Light Rail project
Matching funds key to unlocking billions in transportation spending, committee hears