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Week in Review: April 17-21

Gov. Tim Walz and House Speaker Melissa Hortman greet one another during the April 19 State of the State address. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)
Gov. Tim Walz and House Speaker Melissa Hortman greet one another during the April 19 State of the State address. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

Agriculture; children and families; education; environment and energy; housing; military and veterans affairs; state government; and transportation.

That is the list of omnibus finance bills passed off the House Floor this week.

Throw in Wednesday night’s State of the State address by Gov. Tim Walz and it’s no wonder there were a lot of heavy eyelids around the Capitol Friday.

But next week promises little reprieve, beginning at 9 a.m. Monday when the House Ways and Means Committee will consider HF2 that would provide workers up to 12 weeks of paid family leave and up to an additional 12 weeks of paid medical leave.

Images of the Week: April 17-21

Later in the day the full House is scheduled to debate HF100, the omnibus cannabis bill, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Other major omnibus bills, such as taxes, public safety and health, will likely be up for votes in the days following.

Have a good weekend and here’s a look back at what you might have missed.




Omnibus ag bill passes with security for grain farmers, changes to Board of Animal Health



Legalized recreational cannabis bill heads to House Floor



House OKs big funding boost for early learning scholarships


House passes education bill that would appropriate $2.2 billion in new funding for MN schools



Reaching clean energy goals an aim of omnibus environment bill that also includes fishing license, other fee hikes



‘Great start’ bill crosses House finish line



House passes policy package to renovate state’s tenant, landlord laws


House goes big on housing, passes $1 billion bill that aims to fight homelessness, aid first-time homebuyers



Veterans, military affairs budget bill marches forward with House passage



House passes technical public safety policy bill



House passes bill to classify IT as critical infrastructure



Sizable omnibus pension and retirement bill gains House approval


Pension policy modifications receive strong House support


Walz touts a ‘progressive vision’ in State of the State address


Changes to legislative day, lifting of salary cap on local officials among changes in state government policy bill


House passes omnibus state government bill that includes elections funding, state flag change



Tax committee approves omnibus bill amidst debate over state’s priorities


House DFL unveils $3 billion tax package that includes rebates, Social Security tax cuts



No controversy as House overwhelmingly OKs bill to rename highway after Prince


House passes transportation bill with billions in spending, increased user fees


House begins debate on omnibus transportation bill that includes funding increases, fee hikes


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