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Week in Review: March 4-8

About two dozen people attended the Citizens Voice for the Minnesota Flag rally on the steps of the Capitol March 5 to protest the new state flag. (Photo by Michele Jokinen)
About two dozen people attended the Citizens Voice for the Minnesota Flag rally on the steps of the Capitol March 5 to protest the new state flag. (Photo by Michele Jokinen)

Lots of ground was covered this week with bills heard on subjects as varied as doxing, therapy dogs, rainbows, roadable aircraft and carbon capture, to name just a few. A bipartisan fix to clarify the rules governing school resource officers was also passed off the House Floor.

We are now two weeks from the first committee deadline, by when committees must act favorably on bills that are not major appropriations or finance bills. That could well mean some evening and/or Friday hearings during the next fortnight.

And an early reminder that Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead and alter your sleep schedule, or not, accordingly.

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


Tax incentives offered as possible solution to nitrate contamination on SE Minnesota farmland



Commerce panel OKs bill proposing to ‘put some guardrails' on social media algorithms



Anti-doxing bill to protect judges clears judiciary panel



Proposed ban on flavored tobacco products moves ahead in House



With civic competition fierce, local officials seek funds to secure more world-class sporting events



Funding boost sought to boot up additional high school computer science courses


Proposal aims to help high school coaches prevent eating disorders among students


House passes — by wide margin — bill clarifying use-of-force rules for school resource officers



‘Minnesota Voting Rights Act’ seeks to guarantee equal opportunity at the ballot box



Legislation calls for state’s larger employers to include salary ranges in job postings


House labor panel approves bill to bar businesses from misclassifying employees


Judiciary panel spotlights ‘shadow’ non-compete clauses, approves bill to close loophole


Bill sponsor says proposal could make Minnesota ‘carbon negative’


Minneapolis building could go from zero to geothermal with funding boost



Plan to replace MN’s aging electronic waste recycling program gains environmental committee’s OK



Funding kinship care a priority for children and families committee



Lawmakers aim to tap Medicaid for novel nutrition, prisoner health care programs


To earn or not to earn: House health committee debates HMOs in Minnesota


Proposal would raise ‘age of delinquency’ by three years


Bill to mandate abortion coverage by health care plans clears commerce panel


More beds for civilly committed individuals would be afforded under bill


Bipolar disorder and psychoses treatment focus of bill to establish support program



Student grant program could soon see red ink, higher education officials say



Corporations, developers could be prohibited from purchasing single-family homes for conversion to rentals


Low-income seniors ask lawmakers to change rent control calculations


Legislation seeks $500 million in housing infrastructure bonds to help meet state’s affordable housing deficit


New veterans cemetery proposed for NW Minnesota under bill that advances in House



Funds for more four-legged friends could help MN law enforcement, victims deal with trauma



Handful of public employee group compensation plans clear state government committee


Don’t go banning rainbows, says sponsor of bill that clears local government committee



House panel approves corporate tax fix


Full disclosure? Bill would require it of top-earning corporations


What’s a land bank and should it pay property taxes? House tax panel weighs in



House transportation panel ponders ground rules for flying cars


Cross-Range expressway would memorialize ‘Defender of the Range’


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