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House lawmakers gather in St. Paul with swift action expected on at least one priority

The House is back in session, and it is live.

After almost three years of most committee meetings and many floor sessions being conducted primarily via teleconferencing due to the pandemic, House members gathered in person once again Tuesday under the increasingly snow-covered dome of the State Capitol.

And that’s the plan for the 2023 legislative session, as the adopted temporary rules call for exclusively in-person legislating.

While about one-third of House members are new to the chamber, a familiar face returned to the dais when House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) was re-elected to the body’s top post. She was challenged by House Minority Leader Lisa Demuth (R-Cold Spring) but prevailed by a 70-63 party-line vote. One member was absent. 

“Today, we make history, having sworn in the most diverse group of legislators Minnesota has ever seen,” Hortman said after assuming the post. “The first transgender legislator. The first nonbinary legislator. Thirty-five legislators of color. … The first woman and person of color to lead the minority caucus in the House. … Minnesota government is increasingly reflective of the people of Minnesota.”

Hortman emphasized that returning to working in person will likely make a difference this session. Read more

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Event Schedule

House Capital Investment Committee
Monday, February 6 2023 2/6/2023 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Metropolitan Council bonding overview.
Board of Water and Soil Resources bonding overview.
Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission bonding overview.
Minnesota State Academies bonding overview.
Perpich Center for Arts Education bonding overview.
Department of Agriculture bonding overview.


House Human Services Policy Committee
Monday, February 6 2023 2/6/2023 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF339 (Curran) Adult foster care licensure requirements modified for community residential settings.
HF716 (Finke) Access to shared services under home and community-based service waivers expanded.
HF813 (Hicks) Home and community-based workforce incentive fund grants established, awareness-building campaign for recruitment of direct care professionals established, and money appropriated.
* Items may be added.


House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee
Monday, February 6 2023 2/6/2023 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF1266 (Frederick) Sales reporting for intermediate blends of gasoline and biofuel required.
HF797 (Tabke) Motor vehicle warranty labor compensation modified.
HF413 (Stephenson) Preference for purchase of electric vehicles for state fleet established, certification of training of motor vehicle dealer employees required, rebates for electric vehicle purchases provided, utilities required to file plans with Public Utilities Commission to promote electric vehicles, grants awarded to automobile dealers to defray cost of manufacturer certification allowing electric vehicle sales, and money appropriated.
* Bills may be taken up in any order, added, or removed at the Chair's discretion.


House Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee
Monday, February 6 2023 2/6/2023 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF1060 (Demuth) Property tax provisions modified, and disabled veterans' homestead market value exclusion spousal benefit modified.
HF656 (Pfarr) Post-9/11 veterans bonus program eligibility expanded.
HF1112 (Bennett) Post-9/11 veteran bonuses funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF986 (Hudella) Tax and fee exemptions provided for eligible veterans with a disability, including certain registration taxes, license plates fees, title fees, driver's license and identification card fees, and motor vehicle sales taxes.
HF985 (Wiens) Transportation; Civil Air Patrol special plates established.
HF665 (Bliss) Available remedies for violating the prohibition on assigning military pay or benefits amended.


House DFL Press Conference
Monday, February 6 2023 2/6/2023 2:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Public safety legislation scheduled for Monday’s House Floor Session

Session Daily Update
Monday, February 6 2023 2/6/2023 3:25 PM
Watch: Live Event
Updates from the House.


House Floor Session
Monday, February 6 2023 2/6/2023 3:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF121 (Edelson) Competency attainment; technical changes made, and money appropriated.
HF90 (Becker-Finn) Board of Public Defense funding provided, and money appropriated.
SF33 (Huot) Office of the Attorney General enhanced criminal enforcement funding provided, and money appropriated.


TUESDAY: House State and Local Government Finance and Policy Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 8:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF17 (Stephenson) Excessive price increases by manufacturers to generic or off-patent drugs prohibited, attorney general authorized to take action against manufacturers for price increases, withdrawal prohibited of generic or off-patent drug sales, prescription drug affordability board and prescription drug affordability advisory council established, prescription drug cost reviews and remedies provided, appointments provided, civil penalties imposed, report required, and money appropriated.
HF979 (Klevorn) Legislative task force established to review and prioritize resources to support an aging demographic in the state, report required, and money appropriated.
HF480 (Elkins) Minnesota Council on Disability funding provided to provide outreach, training, assistance, and auditing related to local government website accessibility; report required; and money appropriated.
*Agenda items (including bills) may be added or removed, and/or order may change.


TUESDAY: House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 8:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
Civil Legal Services overview and budget recommendations presentation.
HF286 (Becker-Finn) Civil legal service funding provided, and money appropriated.
Guardian ad Litem Board overview and budget recommendations presentation.
HF366 (Agbaje) Reproductive health care; health records release limited, certain acts by health-related licensing boards prohibited, certain judgement enforcement prevented, subpoena enforcement restricted, lawsuit cause of action created for penalties and court costs, and extradition of persons charged in another state prohibited for acts committed or services received in Minnesota.
* Items may be taken up in any order, added or removed at the Chairs' discretion.


TUESDAY: House Children and Families Finance and Policy Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 8:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
Report of the Great Start for All Minnesota Children Task Force.


TUESDAY: House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 8:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF677 (Elkins) Active transportation finance and policy provisions governed, and money appropriated.
HF246 (Hanson) Commuter rail and intercity passenger rail moratoriums repealed.


TUESDAY: House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 10:10 AM
Watch: Live Event
Agenda is to be announced.


TUESDAY: House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 10:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF450 (Stephenson) Crime of organized retail theft established, release of financial account information to law enforcement provided, burglary crimes following trespass notice amended, and time period for search warrant on financial institutions established.
HF610 (Wolgamott) Addressing mental health in law enforcement and first responder communities funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1200 (Wolgamott) State and local jail and prison inmates required to be housed in public owned and operated jails and prisons, and state and counties prohibited from contracting with private prisons.
HF818 (Feist) Violence prevention project research center funding provided, and money appropriated.
* Items may be taken up in any order, added or removed at the Chair’s discretion.


TUESDAY: House Health Finance and Policy Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 10:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF51 (Richardson) Emmet Louis Till Victims Recovery Program established, and money appropriated.
HF1059 (Richardson) Grants supporting healthy development of babies during pregnancy and postpartum for families with members who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF639 (Bahner) Community solutions for healthy child development grant program established, and money appropriated.
HF712 (Reyer) Family planning grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1030 (Liebling) Enrollee cost-sharing eliminated under medical assistance and MinnesotaCare; and individual, small group, and State Employee Group Insurance Program plans prohibited from including cost-sharing.


TUESDAY: House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 10:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
University of Minnesota’s 2023 capital investment request.


TUESDAY: House Education Finance Committee – part 1*
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 10:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
* The committee will reconvene at 7pm to take up HF20.
* The 7pm reconvening can be viewed on HTV1.
HF877 (Hill) Transportation sparsity revenue percent updated.
HF994 (Berg) Transportation for area learning center students funded, and money appropriated.
HF1259 (Youakim) Obsolete general education transition aid date eliminated.
HF781 (Koznick) Average daily membership minimum hours for a disabled kindergarten pupil aligned to those of other kindergarten pupils.
HF20 (Greenman) Wage credits modified and reimbursement provided, and general fund transfer authorized.
* Agenda items may be added or changed.


TUESDAY: House Human Services Finance Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Minnesota Health Care Program plan to unwind continuous eligibility.
- Department of Human Services.
* Agenda items may be added or removed.


TUESDAY: House Labor and Industry Finance and Policy Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF2 (Richardson) Paid family, pregnancy, bonding, and applicant's serious medical condition benefits provided; employment leaves regulated and required; data classified; rulemaking authorized; and money appropriated.


TUESDAY: House Taxes Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF916 (Agbaje) Tax expenditure provisions modified, and past tax expenditure purpose statements provided.
HF73 (Robbins) Parents of stillborn children credit modified.
HFXXXX (Gomez) Minnesota Department of Revenue policy and technical bill.
* Bills may be taken up in any order.
* Items may be added to the agenda.


TUESDAY: House Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza overview.
African Swine Fever Virus overview.
* Agenda items (including bills) may be added or removed, and/or order may change.


TUESDAY: House Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 3:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Department of Commerce budget presentation.
CenterPoint Energy presentation.
* Items may be added to the agenda.


TUESDAY: Joint meeting of the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee and the Senate Environment, Climate, and Legacy Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 3:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Chronic Wasting Disease overview.


TUESDAY: House Housing Finance and Policy Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 3:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF950 (Brand) Minnesota Housing Finance Agency grant funding provided to local housing trust funds, and money appropriated.
HF11 (Howard) State rent assistance program established for low-income, cost-burdened households, and money appropriated.


TUESDAY: House Education Policy Committee
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 3:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF1269 (Pryor) Prekindergarten through grade 12 provisions modified including general education accountability and transparency, education excellence, American Indian education, charter schools, discipline, teachers, special education, and early learning; and reports required.
HF806 (Youakim) Building Assets, Reducing Risks Center funding provided, and money appropriated.
* Agenda items may be added or removed at the Chair's discretion.


TUESDAY: House Education Finance Committee – part 2*
Tuesday, February 7 2023 2/7/2023 7:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
* Reconvening of the morning meeting of this committee.
Agenda: HF20 (Greenman) Wage credits modified and reimbursement provided, and general fund transfer authorized.


News and Notes

Bill Introductions: HF1199-HF1270

2023 committee deadlines

  • Friday, March 10 — Committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin
  • Friday, March 24 — Committees must act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other body
  • Tuesday, April 4 (5 p.m.) — Committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills

Easter/Passover break

The 2023 Easter/Passover break will begin at 5 p.m. April 4. Legislative activity may resume April 11.

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