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Week in Review: Jan. 16-20

Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn presents HF1 — a bill that would codify abortion rights in Minnesota — on the House Floor Jan. 19. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)
Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn presents HF1 — a bill that would codify abortion rights in Minnesota — on the House Floor Jan. 19. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

Working into the night is commonplace around the Capitol Complex, although the hours tend to get longer as the legislative session stretches into the spring. But there have been several lengthy days already this year, including an evening hearing this week of the House Ways and Means Committee and Thursday’s floor session that centered on abortion and prompted several hours of emotional debate.

Whether that’s a sign of things to come — an indication that the 2023 legislative session is moving more quickly than in past years or, as is most likely the case, nothing at all — remains to be seen. But it does bear watching as February nears and the pace really picks up.

Monday’s schedule includes meetings of the rules, ways and means, veterans, human services and commerce committees as well as a joint hearing of the capital investment and housing panels.

Members also have a 3:30 p.m. floor session with two bills on the Calendar for the DayHF26 would unlock over $300 million in federal funding for transportation projects; while HF27/SF40* would extend unemployment benefits for some Iron Range workers.

But before then, have an enjoyable weekend. Here’s a look back at what you may have missed over the last week.



$50m to refill coffers of popular lending program called for ‘to foster next generation of farmers’



Judiciary panel OKs bill allowing notaries to perform civil marriages



$100m proposal to replace all MN lead water service lines within decade gains first approval in House



House bill places Minnesota’s dearth of teachers of color under the spotlight


Political spending by ‘foreign-influenced’ corporations in MN elections could be curtailed



Updates to food processing, ag worker labor laws clear key committee


House labor committee advances plan to give all Minnesotans paid sick leave



Energy panel approves faster path toward carbon-free utilities



House committee accepts recommendations on environmental trust fund spending


House passes bill to enshrine abortion rights in state law


‘Positive abortion alternatives’ program could be renamed ‘positive pregnancies’ under bill heard in House


Bill proposes reimbursement boost for child care providers in state assistance program


Ban on conversion therapy moves forward on party-line committee vote


Students from across Minnesota urge lawmakers to mandate menstrual products in schools


Designated support person for pregnant patients finds bipartisan support



Amid enrollment declines, Minnesota State makes budget request


Campus projects not glamorous — but they’re overdue, higher ed officials say



‘Pathway Home Act’ aims to provide more than $200 million for variety of homeless services


Evictions on the rise in MN— a crisis ‘bigger than before’ the pandemic, committee hears



With remote meetings now common, House panel OKs measure modifying limitations on members of certain public bodies



Lawmakers advance bill seeking $280 million to fund ‘innovative’ crime prevention programs


NE Minneapolis firefighters museum could climb the ladder, earn state designation


House panel hears bill to expand bias crime laws, improve incident reporting


AG’s office seeks funding boost to aid prosecution efforts in Greater MN



Taxpayer receipt touted as a tool of transparency

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