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Week in Review: Jan. 9-13

Surrounded by state lawmakers, officials and other attendees, Gov. Tim Walz signs the tax conformity bill into law Jan. 12 — the first bill to become law in the 2023 session. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)
Surrounded by state lawmakers, officials and other attendees, Gov. Tim Walz signs the tax conformity bill into law Jan. 12 — the first bill to become law in the 2023 session. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

Whether you celebrate, are superstitious, or don’t care: Happy Friday the 13th.

The legislative session’s second week wraps up today with no hearings scheduled. But the past few days saw more movement for bills on high-profile issues including abortion, child care, marijuana legalization, driver’s licenses for all and free school meals. 

The House also passed its first bill, tax conformity legislation, which Gov. Tim Walz quickly signed into law.

Members, staff and the public now also have a better grasp of what the next few months should hold as committee deadlines were announced along with the dates for this year’s spring break, which will begin Tuesday, April 4 at 5 p.m. and run through April 10.

House offices will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but activities will begin at their regular time Tuesday with several committees already scheduling morning meetings at 8:30 and the House holding a floor session at 11:30 a.m., although there are no bills on the day’s calendar.

Here’s a look back at what you may have missed and have an enjoyable holiday weekend.



House bonding committee hears of billions in federal funds available for MN capital projects



House lawmakers begin path toward MN marijuana legalization with first committee approval



Bill to simplify marriage dissolution name change headed to House Floor


House passes CROWN Act prohibiting discrimination based on hair


Judiciary panel approves proposal to boost funding for public defenders


Bill to ban price gouging during emergencies clears commerce committee



No-cost school meals for all students clears first committee


Preregistration proposal an effort to ‘make voting a lifelong habit,’ sponsor says


House elections panel advances bill to restore ex-offender voting rights



Workforce panel OKs extended unemployment benefits for iron ore mine workers



How much will feds help finance Minnesota’s shift to clean energy?



House environment panel advances ‘Lawns to Legumes’ pollinator program


Second abortion rights bill gains House committee approval


More than $30 million could be available to address child care crisis



Housing insecurity disproportionately impacts Minnesotans of color, lawmakers hear



Proposed office would address ‘disturbing trend’ of missing, murdered Black women and girls



Legislative leaders set 2023 committee deadlines



With bipartisan support, House passes tax conformity bill



Testifiers urge MN lawmakers to act fast on federal funds for road construction


Supporters say renewed ‘driver’s license for all’ push about safety, dignity

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