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Week in Review: Feb. 13-17

Rep. Liz Olson, left, talks with Rep. Athena Hollis during debate on the House Floor Feb. 16. (Photo by Catherine Davis)
Rep. Liz Olson, left, talks with Rep. Athena Hollis during debate on the House Floor Feb. 16. (Photo by Catherine Davis)

After 2023’s longest floor session yet, the House passed another of the DFL’s top priorities Thursday, voting 69-54 to send HF19 on to the Senate after more than seven hours of debate. The bill would require almost all Minnesota employers to provide paid sick time to their employees.

This past week also saw the first hearing of a nearly $2 billion capital investment proposal from Gov. Tim Walz and a proposal to bump up the funding formula for K-12 schools that could result in more than $1 billion in additional education spending. Child care, homelessness, stadium funding and tax breaks were among the many other issues that were discussed over the past several days as well.

Images of the Week: Feb. 13-17

A reminder that although Monday is President’s Day, it will be business as usual in the House with several meetings planned along with a 3:30 p.m. floor session and five bills on the Calendar for the Day. Those include HF16 that would ban the practice of conversion therapy for children and vulnerable adults and HF55, which would create an office for missing and murdered Black women and girls.

You can find the complete schedule here.

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


Incentives for next generation products in bioeconomy could get funding boost


Amidst historic demand, bill proposes funding increase for MN’s Farm to Food Shelf program



After two years and no bonding bill, House DFL unveils nearly $2 billion capital investment package



Panel hears request for more resources to address crises facing judicial branch


When identity theft strikes a ‘daunting’ process for victims to clear names in court records awaits, lawmakers hear



Child care shortage in Greater Minnesota could be eased with additional $20 million



Education committee OKs proposed shakeup of distribution, use of compensatory revenue


House DFL proposes school funding formula hike that would boost K-12 spending by over $1 billion


House lawmakers consider proposal to remake literacy curriculum across the state



Can deep fakes be regulated? House lawmakers consider ways to tame emerging technology


Reducing confusion over absentee and sample ballots is goal of bill



House passes statewide paid sick leave mandate after vigorous debate


Legislation to combat employers’ hush money payout schemes wins bipartisan support


Jobs program aims to keep released felons from returning to prison


‘We have the right to work in a safe environment,’ meatpacking workers tell lawmakers



Competitiveness fund could strike a match for renewable energy projects


Homeowner associations couldn’t block residential solar installations under new bill



Accessibility — as much as creature comforts — behind a $28 million Minnesota Zoo request


For hands-on-education, MN’s children’s museums could secure annual funding


Plan seeks to cut out middle man, terminate managed care contracts


Joint panel hears testimony on legislation to codify protections of Native American children


House votes to raise reimbursement rates for child care providers


House passes $52 million to bolster child care for families while helping providers


Bill proposes $25-a-month cap on co-pays for life-saving prescription drugs



College building bonding authority could add health care facilities to portfolio



Keep those claws — under bill, landlords couldn’t require declawing, devocalization of animals


Minnesota’s family homeless prevention program could see $100 million boost



Local government officials urge lawmakers to remove compensation cap



Proposal seeks to end fees for burial in state veterans cemeteries



‘Game-changing’ proposition would provide for early release of rehabilitated inmates


House passes bill to create crime of labor trafficking resulting in death



Paying off stadium bonds early could be a touchdown for MN taxpayers, lawmakers say


Pair of labor agreements win committee support



This time they mean it: No taxes on construction materials for local government projects


Tax refunds could grow for Minnesota’s homeowners, renters


Historic fixer-uppers could again see state tax credit



An updated ‘stuff-out-of-the-car’ bill gets transportation panel’s OK


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