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Week in Review: April 1-5

Rep. Paul Torkelson and Rep. Mike Freiberg discuss House business during an evening floor session Thursday. (Photo by Michele Jokinen)
Rep. Paul Torkelson and Rep. Mike Freiberg discuss House business during an evening floor session Thursday. (Photo by Michele Jokinen)

Focus started to shift this week with members beginning to spend less time in committee meetings and more time together as a body on the House Floor. That trend should continue over the next couple of weeks as the session’s second, and final, committee deadline approaches, by when committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.

That will arrive on April 19, but work on the major policy bills continues with the judiciary and civil law (HF3872), public safety (HF3614) and elections (HF4772) policy bills all on the Calendar for the Day for Monday, April 8.

Images of the Week: April 1-5

And a reminder there will be no House business next week from 5 p.m. Tuesday (April 9) until noon Thursday (April 11) in observance of the Eid holiday.

Have a good weekend and here’s a look back at what happened over the last few days.


Funds to treat water included in state’s agriculture supplemental budget ask



STEM, tech programs could get combined $3 million for underserved, underrepresented communities



House passes proposed changes to state’s early education programs


Proposed pilot program would incentivize student reading with free pizza


Cooperative districts seek state funds for facilities serving high-need students


Governor’s proposed 2024 education finance bill includes expansion of voluntary pre-K program



Proposal to provide hourly airport employees a health insurance stipend heads to House Floor



Electrical upgrade costs could be shared under bill


Software could speed up homeowners’ switch to solar



‘Mining’ critical materials from trash could close loop on circular economy


Supplemental budget request aims to address nitrate-contaminated drinking water



Religious exemption language added to gender-affirming care bill


Bill seeks to help Minnesota’s elderly live at home longer



Higher education policy bill gets high marks in House


Minneapolis public housing authority seeks $35 million in state money for affordable units


Bill to increase penalties for swatting goes to House Floor


Bill proposing referendum that could create full-time Legislature, redistricting commission clears second committee



Staggered child tax credit payments among Walz tax recommendations


Taxing land vs. the buildings on it at core of House bill


Seniors could split their property tax refunds under House bill



House greenlights transportation policy bill


State’s smallest cities could see boost in road funding


Shorter courses could improve driving safety among older people, bill supporters say


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