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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

Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement
Monday, January 30 2023 1/30/2023 8:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
Public Employees Retirement Association presentation.
Teachers Retirement Association presentation.
Saint Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association presentation.

House Ways and Means Committee
Monday, January 30 2023 1/30/2023 10:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF19 (Olson, L.) Earned sick and safe time provided, report required, rulemaking authorized, and money appropriated.
HF28 (Frazier) Right to vote restored to individuals convicted of a felony upon completion of any term of incarceration imposed and executed by a court for the offense.
HF121 (Edelson) Competency attainment; technical changes made, and money appropriated.
HF213 (Keeler) Food shelf program funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF5 (Jordan) Free school lunch and breakfast provided for all students.
* Bills may be added to the agenda.

Joint hearing of the House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee and the House Health Finance and Policy Committee
Monday, January 30 2023 1/30/2023 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Testimony from stakeholders on proposed Fairview/Sanford merger.
- Fairview Health Services.
- Sanford Health.
- Office of the Attorney General.
- University of Minnesota.
- Minnesota Nurses Association.
HFXXX (Bierman) Prohibiting health care entities from entering into certain transactions except with the review and approval of the commissioner of health.

House Capital Investment Committee
Monday, January 30 2023 1/30/2023 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Governor's 2023 bonding recommendations.
State agency bonding overviews.
- Department of Transportation.
- Department of Administration.
- Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.

House Human Services Policy Committee
Monday, January 30 2023 1/30/2023 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF585 (Klevorn) Care evaluation established as a covered medical assistance home care service, medical assistance homemaker rates modified, and report required.
HFXXX (Edelson) Modifying policies governing access to substance use disorder treatment services; modifying eligibility for home and community-based services workforce development grants; excluding workforce development grant money from income for certain purposes.
HFXXX (Edelson) Establishing a home and community-based services systemic critical incident review team; clarifying adult foster care and community residential setting licensing provisions; modifying substance use disorder treatment requirements; extending certain councils and committees; clarifying provider-controlled and own-home settings; making technical and conforming changes; clarifying effective dates; repealing obsolete language related to chemical health pilot program.
* Items may be added.

House Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee
Monday, January 30 2023 1/30/2023 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF284 (Norris) Helmets to Hard Hats Minnesota initiative funding provided, and money appropriated.
Governor's budget recommendations: Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.
Governor's budget recommendations: Minnesota Department of Military Affairs.

House DFL Press Conference
Monday, January 30 2023 1/30/2023 2:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Representative Aisha Gomez, Representative María Isa Pérez-Vega, House Speaker Melissa Hortman, House Majority Leader Jamie Long, and others discuss the ‘Driver’s Licenses for All’ bill set for Monday Floor Session debate.

Session Daily Update
Monday, January 30 2023 1/30/2023 3:25 PM
Watch: Live Event
Updates from the House.

House Floor Session
Monday, January 30 2023 1/30/2023 3:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF4 (Gomez) Noncompliant driver's license or Minnesota identification card requirements modified and related changes made, including on eligibility, proof of lawful presence, primary and secondary documentation, and data practices; technical changes made; and money appropriated.

News and Notes

Bill Introductions: HF908-HF968

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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