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Week in Review: Feb 12-16

House Speaker Melissa Hortman fields questions from the Capitol press corps following the Feb. 12 floor session opening the 2024 legislative session. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)
House Speaker Melissa Hortman fields questions from the Capitol press corps following the Feb. 12 floor session opening the 2024 legislative session. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

The 2024 legislative session began, a special election was called, Valentine’s Day came and went, there was even some snow. All in all it was an eventful week at the Capitol.

Members returned to St. Paul Monday and welcomed a new member, Rep. Bianca Virnig (DFL-Eagan) who was sworn in Jan. 12 after winning a December special election in District 52B to fill the seat left vacant when former Rep. Ruth Richardson resigned last fall.

But the House remains short one member as the resignation of former speaker Rep. Kurt Daudt became effective Feb. 11. Gov. Tim Walz issued a Writ of Special Election that sets March 19 as the date when voters in District 27B will cast their ballots to fill that seat.

Images of the Week: Feb. 12-16

And as this week winds down, a reminder that while schools, banks and many other federal and state offices will be closed for Presidents Day on Monday, it’s business as usual in the House.

Committee meetings are planned as is a 3:30 p.m. floor session when HF2757 is the first bill is on the Calendar for the Day in 2024. It would provide tweaks meant to correct tax issues with filing season now upon us.

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


Asset preservation at core of governor’s $982 million infrastructure plan



Enhanced price-gouging legislation headed to House Floor


How long do MN students have to eat lunch? Bill would mandate a 15-minute minimum


Elections panel approves bill to locate additional polling place on college campuses



Lawmakers want to add oral test option as preemployment alternative to drug screening


Lawmaker seeks added protections for minors appearing in online media



Legacy committee hears $181 million in Outdoor Heritage Fund requests



Photo of hunting, fishing license OK under House proposal



Children with severe emotional disturbances could refuse medication



Minnesota’s higher ed enrollment is up, but officials say gaps remain to reach 2025 target



State could boost services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse with $20 million appropriation


Clarification to school resource officer law could be at hand



Lawmakers consider infrastructure advisory council to coordinate investment


Walz sets date for special election to fill former speaker’s seat


House reconvenes for 2024 session, rekindles partisan debate on hot-button issues



House Taxes Committee approves standard deduction cleanup


Measure would eliminate trucking propane distinction without difference


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