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Week in Review: March 27-31

Hearing attendees jockey to grab documents relating to the omnibus veterans and military affairs finance bill before a March 27 committee meeting. (Photo by Catherine Davis)
Hearing attendees jockey to grab documents relating to the omnibus veterans and military affairs finance bill before a March 27 committee meeting. (Photo by Catherine Davis)

With the possible exception of a session’s final few days, the week before the third committee deadline is about as hectic as things get in the House.

That deadline, by when committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills, arrives at 5 p.m. Tuesday, so it’s probably a good thing House members and staff will have a nearly week-long break from official business.

Images of the Week: March 27-31

Everyone is ready for some well-deserved rest after nearly 20 omnibus budget bills were approved by their committees of origin this week. The focus will now shift to floor debates and conference committees.   

Have a good weekend and here’s a look back at what you may have missed over the past week.



Divided ag committee OK’s omnibus bill addressing animal health, pesticides, broadband


Omnibus ag bill proposes $100 million increase in broadband spending, expansion of processing capacity



Sponsor says plenty to be proud of in omnibus commerce bill that clears committee


House committee begins work on omnibus commerce finance bill



Judiciary panel advances $1.4 billion omnibus bill


Omnibus judiciary bills would increase public defender compensation, make policy changes



Sponsor says omnibus economic development bill would promote growth, boost underserved groups



Education committee approves DFL budget proposal along party lines


DFL unveils K-12 education budget bill that proposes $2.2 billion in new spending on schools



Omnibus elections bill declared a winner by majority of House committee


House elections panel begins work on omnibus bill; vote expected Friday



Workforce panel advances omnibus bill that sponsor says will ‘prepare our workforce for the future’


Labor committee passes $100 million budget bill along party lines


Omnibus workforce finance bill gets first hearing, mixed reviews


Labor committee budget bill calls for $100 million in state spending



House energy panel hits accelerator on transition to renewables, OK’s omnibus


Climate and energy omnibus gets its day in the sun



House panel approves omnibus bill that would make historic investment in environment


$820 million omnibus legacy bill sparks controversy, clears committee by narrow margin


Omnibus environment bill aims to ‘correct past wrongs, prepare for future,’ chair says



Payment rate increases included in $1.2 billion omnibus human services bill


Committee OK’s omnibus health bill that aims to expand coverage, reduce health care costs


Omnibus children, families package takes first step


Subminimum wages prohibited, safe recovery sites included in $14 billion human services omnibus package


Affordability, abortion access addressed in $7.1 billion omnibus health bill


Proposal would target youngest Minnesotans, families with $1 billion in funding



Higher education committee approves big increases for schools and scholarships


Big funding bumps for scholarships, Minnesota State system included in higher education omnibus



Surplus or sales tax? Committee approves both in omnibus housing plan


Committee considers bill to spend more than $1 billion on efforts to ease Minnesota’s housing crunch



Still a work in progress, omnibus veterans and military affairs bill approved by committee



Committee advances omnibus public safety bill that includes no-knock warrant ban, gun-control provisions


House public safety panel gives $2.2 billion omnibus bill — including controversial gun measures — first hearing



House passes plan to deep-six some deep fake activity



Omnibus state government finance bill progresses on party-line vote


New state flag, maintenance of existing services part of omnibus state government package


House passes ‘Ban the Box’ measure for applicants to state boards, commissions



Transportation omnibus clears committee on party-line vote — though new fees a sticking point


Minnesota at ‘historic crossroads,’ key lawmaker says, as House DFL rolls out $9 billion transportation bill


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