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Week in Review: March 14-18

A Capitol visitor takes advantage of spring-like temperatures on a midday walk near the State Office Building March 15. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)
A Capitol visitor takes advantage of spring-like temperatures on a midday walk near the State Office Building March 15. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

Spring will officially begin Sunday but deadline season is also right around the corner at the Capitol.

The first committee deadline, by when committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin is one week from today.

That will be followed by the second committee deadline (April 1) by when committees must act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other body.

And, lastly, the third committee deadline arrives April 8, by when committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.

That final deadline takes place on the cusp of the annual Easter/Passover break (April 9-18) and when lawmakers return they will have five weeks to finish their work before the regular session’s constitutionally mandated end date, this year May 23.

So don’t be surprised by longer, or extra, meetings in the days (and nights) ahead, and here’s another look at what you may have missed over the past week.



White-tailed deer farmers could get financial help after feeling impacts of movement bans


Down payment assistance grants aim to help aspiring farmers



Judiciary committee OKs bill to beef up protections against predatory insurance settlements



MN AG: Now’s time to strengthen state’s anti-competitive statutes



Schools could be prohibited from using recess restrictions to discipline young students


Education panel advances bill proposing free breakfast, lunch for all MN students


Bill seeks to help schools better cover high cost of special education needs


Education committee holds over $225 million proposal to give students more support personnel


Education panel approves measure to recruit and train school nurses



House legislation targets ‘loophole’ in state law protecting victims of workplace sexual harassment


Program aiming to put people on path to self-sufficiency receives bipartisan support



Bill aims to cut into weatherization assistance backlog



Bipartisan proposal could secure stable funding for soil and water conservation districts


Use of lead in fishing, hunting focus of proposed Minnesota Swan Protection Act


Outdoor heritage bill gets a bump from increased sales tax revenues


Grants proposed to help MN cities, counties withstand impacts of climate change



Legislation to end racial, ethnic discrimination in organ transplants heads to House Floor


House passes measure to provide emergency staffing, COVID-19 waivers


House panel considers $73 million plan to aid early child care providers


Reducing barriers to disability services goal of proposed task force


Legislation would fund in-home health care for infants, expecting families


A change to driving requirements for care assistants could offer greater access, cost savings


Kids suffering mental health crisis would have place to go under new proposal


State’s public health emergency preparedness in need of upgrade, House lawmaker says


Proposal would increase upper income limit for child care assistance


House panel hears bill charging advisory council to continue work to end racial, other health inequities



Protection of private property among concerns in bill regarding homeless encampment policies


Affordable housing — in Twin Cities and Greater MN —would be focus of new grant program


First-generation homebuyers could get down payment assistance



Bill seeks more authority for Ramsey County in setting speed limits



Public safety panel approves $3 million for inmate job training, education programs


House panel OKs proposed ‘Maya’s Law’ to give child abuse victims more privacy in interviews


House passes proposed hike in trespassing fines for snowmobiles, off-highway vehicles



Proposed Office of the Foster Youth Ombudsperson gets committee OK


Proposed stadium refinance fund seeks to save state millions of dollars


Proposal to scrub state investments tied to Russia gets strong committee support


Juneteenth could become state holiday in Minnesota



Property tax relief could be on the way via boost to annual refund

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