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Week in Review: March 6-10

There was bipartisan celebration Thursday evening after a bill that would make changes to the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act, sponsored by Rep. Heather Keeler, center, passed 128-0. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)
There was bipartisan celebration Thursday evening after a bill that would make changes to the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act, sponsored by Rep. Heather Keeler, center, passed 128-0. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

It was a hectic week that had a little bit of everything: extended hearings, night meetings, a lengthy floor session, and the obligatory ill-timed snowstorm. Things wrapped up today with a handful of hearings to help a few more bills meet the session’s first committee deadline.

Now the clock begins to tick down to the March 24 second committee deadline, by when committees must act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other body. The third, and final, deadline is Tuesday, April 4 at 5 p.m.

Images of the Week: March 6-10

Speaking of the clock, don’t forget to set yours ahead one hour this weekend as Daylight Saving Time begins.

And a reminder that Monday is Sovereignty Day in the House with a full schedule of events planned in the House Chamber and the Capitol beginning at 9 a.m. There will be no regular floor session and the only meeting is the House Ways and Means Committee which is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. or 15 minutes after the Sovereignty session adjourns.

Have an enjoyable weekend and here’s a look back at what you may have missed over the last few days.



Ag panel approves bill that would let cities exterminate use of some pesticides



House OKs nearly $400 million in one-time funds on capital investment bill


House gets bonding bill over the line, passes $1.5 billion capital investment package



Legislation proposes pair of new protections for used vehicle buyers


Bill proposes requiring antitheft devices in Kia, Hyundai vehicles that lack them



'Clean Slate Act’ would offer expungement for certain non-violent offenses



Lights, camera, tax credit! Bill aims to entice more filmmakers to shoot in Minnesota


Economic development panel approves measure to revive Angel Tax Credit


U of M, small towns could team up for sustainable infrastructure project development



Student-led organizations seek more than $2 million to prep schoolkids for future careers


Lawmakers hear grant proposal to fund 400 future teachers


Lawmakers hear House DFL’s proposed policy overhaul of Minnesota K-12 schools


Proposed wage, benefit increases for non-licensed school staff sparks lively House debate



DFLer seeks ‘true early voting’ with elections bill heard in House



House OKs expanded protections under Women’s Economic Security Act


House panel advances labor legislation targeting working conditions for rideshare drivers


‘Retirement crisis’ looms in Minnesota, lawmaker says, and legislators seek a solution


Funding boost sought for program helping people with significant disabilities find employment



Legislators consider expanding energy assistance program for low-income Minnesotans


New Minnesota greenhouse gas reduction goals could be on the way



MPCA could sniff out issues with objectionable odors, take action under proposed legislation


Public educational radio stations look to dial in key state support


Culturally specific mental health services could be expanded with proposed grant


House passes bill to codify protections for Native American kids, families


House lawmaker wants any funds awarded in MN vape lawsuit to pay for tobacco prevention, treatment efforts


Proposal would pick up the tab for more than a million prepared meals


Bill sponsor says language would add clarity to Minnesota Human Rights Act on gender identity discrimination


Panel approves measure to establish state agency focused on children, families



Scholarships could be a tool to replenish shrinking paramedic pool


U of M presents bumped-up budget request, proposed reacquisition of university hospitals



Helping Black households exchange leases for mortgages the goal of House bill


Lawmakers consider millions for grant programs targeting Minnesota’s housing shortage


Homeless youth could collect monthly stipends under House proposal



Veterans committee approves funding for renovation project at Minneapolis home



Bill seeks to lower number of PTSD retirements among first responders


Panel approves bill proposing ‘innovative solutions’ to improve public safety



More than $275 million proposed to accelerate broadband access across state



Collective bargaining changes, employee email access, part of bill to modify public employment agreement



Tax committee joins the Social Security subtraction conversation



Legislators advance bill they hope will increase Metro Transit safety


Skol! MN drivers could show support for local teams with new specialty plates


Seeking more regional balance, bill proposes tweaking Corridors of Commerce program


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