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Week in Review: March 11-15

A couple walk by the World War II Memorial on the Capitol Mall March 11. (Photo by Michele Jokinen)
A couple walk by the World War II Memorial on the Capitol Mall March 11. (Photo by Michele Jokinen)

Friday’s House hearings were the first of the 2024 legislative session, but they may only be a preview of what could be a very active schedule at the same time next week.

The first of two committee deadlines is Friday, March 22. By that date, committees in both bodies must act favorably on bills that are not major appropriation or finance bills.

A look at next week’s schedule now shows several hearings where committees plan to discuss and vote on what will likely be their major package of policy bills for the year, so extra time and evening meetings are already planned.

Have a good St. Patrick’s Day weekend (it’s Sunday) and here’s a look back at what happened over the past week.


Cat, dog breeders data no longer sheltered under proposal OK’d in agriculture committee



House passes expanded price-gouging legislation



Lawmakers aim to boost broadband equitability across the state



Local optional revenue increase could add millions to school funding


Libraries may be prohibited from banning books due to viewpoints, ideas or opinions


Education committee OKs funding for Increase Teachers of Color Act


Education panel considers cell phone policy to keep students on track — and offline


Conference committee adopts House language on school resource officer bill



All Minnesota cities, counties could be permitted to use ranked choice voting



Minimum pay rates for rideshare drivers proposed under bill that clears House commerce panel


Workforce panel approves bill extending unemployment insurance to striking workers


ECO update seeks to ease fuel switching, electrification efforts



Health panel approves proposal to provide medical debt relief


Overdrawn food banks in line for cash infusion


Prisoners could opt out of court-ordered treatment programs with religious aspects


Pharmacies would continue vaccinating against flu, COVID-19 under proposal in House


As green burial movement grows, state officials consider whether to sanction human composting


House panel gives go-ahead to basic income pilot program


Bill would require sober houses to have supply of opiate antagonists



Agency’s higher ed bill is mostly tweaks, but foster students express displeasure


State would pick up more of the tab for new campus projects under bill



Powerless no more: Tenants could gain rights in utility disputes


Quashing public financing for corrupt developers at heart of bill



Memorial Day monetary cap contribution could be lifted


Minnesota schools could be eligible for Purple Star designation



Public safety panel hears bill to establish Office of Animal Protection


Measure to ease rules on obtaining postconviction relief heads to House Floor


Proposal would allow local governments to ban weapons on land they own, lease


Crumbling infrastructure creating a crisis in Minnesota’s prisons, corrections ombudsperson says



Voters may weigh in on potential full-time Legislature, proposed redistricting commission



Child tax credit would expand to 18-year-olds under bill



Citing yearly gridlock, lawmakers push for more state fair transportation options


House panel sends bill that would limit train length to next stop



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