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Week in Review: Feb. 14-18

Joe Krauss of Coon Rapids looks over a set of the new congressional and legislative district maps on display outside the House Chamber Feb. 16. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)
Joe Krauss of Coon Rapids looks over a set of the new congressional and legislative district maps on display outside the House Chamber Feb. 16. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

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.

Week in Review: Feb. 14-18

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



House panel approves certification program for salt deicing applications


Deer farmers could face more requirements to safeguard against chronic wasting disease



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


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