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Week in Review: May 1-5

Magnolias bloomed on the grounds of the State Capitol this week. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)
Magnolias bloomed on the grounds of the State Capitol this week. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

This week brought the beginning of May, the home stretch of the legislative session and lots of hurry up and wait as conference committees work to find common ground.

Midnight on Monday will mark two weeks before the 2023 regular legislative session must end, although there have been suggestions that lawmakers may try to have their work finished before that constitutionally mandated deadline.

In either case, time is short for all that remains to be done. But hang in there. Three weeks from Monday is Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer.

Images of the Week: May 1-5

Have a good weekend and here’s a look back at what happened over the past week.


Seed money for grain indemnity fund included in House, Senate bills as omnibus conference meets



Commerce conference committee strikes agreement, finishes work


Commerce conference committee begins work, finds ‘broad agreement’


Early education conferees compare House, Senate bills


Conferees commence work on omnibus education bill



House passes paid family and medical leave bill


House passes omnibus labor policy bill likely destined for conference committee


Omnibus jobs conference committee starts work on reconciling a $70 million appropriations gap between House, Senate versions


Proposal to help more Minnesotans retire with greater financial cushion passes House



Constitutional amendment reauthorizing MN lottery money for the environment could be on 2024 ballot


House, Senate reach agreement on Legacy budget that includes Hmong cultural preservation


Environment, energy conferees discuss differences in House and Senate bills



Conference committee embarks on path to finalized state health budget


Total spending, subminimum wage measure among items left to be sorted out as human services conferees begin work



Tuition free or frozen? Higher ed conference committee launches discussion


Lawmakers choose three new University of Minnesota regents



House, Senate differ on sales tax hike to fund housing aid as conference committee kicks off negotiations



Conferees reach agreement on omnibus veterans, military affairs bill



House passes bill to help stanch rise in retirements among Minnesota first responders due to PTSD


Judiciary, public safety conference committee touts ‘historic investments’ to keep Minnesotans safe



House, Senate negotiators begin work on reconciling state government and elections bill



Taxes conference committee begins to hash out its differences


Delivery fee, metro sales tax rate represent $350 million difference between omnibus transportation bills


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