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Week in Review: March 18-22

Throngs of people crowd the Capitol Rotunda March 19 for a rally during Disability Services Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Michele Jokinen)
Throngs of people crowd the Capitol Rotunda March 19 for a rally during Disability Services Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Michele Jokinen)

It wasn’t a mad rush, but the pace of activity certainly picked up this week with several committees adding extra time, or extra meetings, as they worked to beat the session’s first deadline, by when the session’s major policy bills are supposed to begin moving.

Next week will be abbreviated with the Easter Break set to begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 and run until noon Tuesday, April 2. The second, and final, committee deadline this year will arrive Friday, April 19, by when committees must act favorably on major appropriation or finance bills.

Images of the Week: March 18-22

Have a good weekend, keep your shovel handy and here’s a look back at what happened over the past week.



Large dairy farms would face additional environmental scrutiny under proposed bill


Home-based day care could get farm-fresh food under proposal to expand ag program



Minnesota Zoo officials present 'mission critical' bonding request to House lawmakers



Package of proposed consumer protections heads to House Floor



New protections for judges, other civil law changes head to House Floor



‘Racial equity impact’ notes could be available upon request



Education policy bill headed to full House with several changes


Legislation would fund program for paying Minnesota’s student teachers


Committee begins work on education policy bill; vote expected Thursday


Educators seek funding, training to help implement READ Act



Could more of Minnesota’s city councils be elected by wards?


Elections committee approves wide-ranging policy bill along party lines


‘Prison gerrymandering reform bill’ aims to ensure fairer representation, heads for House Floor



House environment panel approves ‘minor’ policy bill with least controversial provisions


Supporters say permitting reform marks Minnesota’s next step in clean energy transition


Going geothermal? You could soon score a rebate



Health licensing bill moves to House Ways and Means Committee


Human services policy bill advances in House


Health panel walks through policy bill with vote expected Thursday


House bill would bolster local ambulance services facing ‘real and serious’ funding challenges


Panel advances proposal allowing child care providers to set own vaccination policies


Bill aims to fill rural Minnesota’s shortage of mental health professionals


Health systems could pay for wigs, prosthetics for hair loss caused by cancer treatment



Higher education policy bill matriculates to House Floor


RISE Act aims to empower college students with disabilities



Cities could be compelled to allow apartment buildings in commercial zones


Affordable housing units in financial distress would receive aid under House proposal


Property tax exemption for American Legions and VFWs moves forward



Public safety committee policy bill heads to House Floor


Public safety panel considers bill toughening penalties on straw gun purchases


House lawmaker hopes to lower temperature of traffic stops with change in law


House panel considers proposed task force to study domestic violence, firearm surrenders


Committee OKs $50 million to replenish state disaster contingency account, establish recurring funding



Republican candidate easily wins District 27B special election



Net loss change gets a big win on the House Floor



A smooth trip through committee for transportation policy bill


Car seat guidance could get boost from bill spelling out best practices



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