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Week in Review: Jan. 23-27

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Another lengthy floor session wrapped up another busy week in the House. Members debated for more than seven hours before passing HF7 that would require utilities in the state to produce electricity from entirely carbon-free sources by 2040.

The House also passed proposed legislation that would require state officials to include inflation on both sides of the ledger when making budget forecasts.

Another controversial bill is scheduled on the Calendar for the Day Monday, meaning another extended floor session could occur. HF4 would allow people to get a driver’s license or state identification card without proof of legal presence in the United States.

Monday’s schedule also includes a morning meeting of the House Ways and Means Committee and afternoon gatherings of the capital investment, human services and veterans panels, as well as a joint hearing of the commerce and health committees

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Week in Review: Jan. 23-27
Another lengthy floor session wrapped up another busy week in the House. Members debated for more than seven hours before passing HF7 that would require utilities in the state t...
House OKs bill to include inflation on both sides of budget forecast
Honest accounting is the goal of a bill that would eat into some of the state’s projected $17.6 billion surplus without a dollar being spent. Roughly five weeks before an up...
House passes carbon-free energy requirement after bill generates lively debate
The sun shone brightly on the snow-covered Capitol grounds on Thursday. And, long after day gave way to evening, the House voted for the sun to do a lot more for Minnesota ...
Walz administration seeking $7 billion to boost funding for schools across state
What does it mean to “fully fund” education? For years it has been the catchphrase of Gov. Tim Walz whenever talking about his plans for Minnesota’s K-12 schools. On Thursda...
Governor’s budget request aims to give Border to Border Broadband a boost
Time is running out to meet Minnesota’s statutory goal to get high-speed internet to all households by 2026. Nearly 300,000 households do not have access to 100 megabits per...
‘Reproductive Freedom Defense Act’ seeks to protect patients, providers and visitors
DFL legislators continued their efforts to safeguard reproductive health care Thursday. Sponsored by Rep. Esther Agbaje (DFL-Mpls), HF366 would, in part, protect patient hea...
First responders may be on track for horse-assisted mental health therapy
There is a police officer and firefighter shortage across the state, in part due to first responders leaving their professions because of the job-related trauma they face daily....
‘Moving Technology Forward for Minnesotans’ theme of requested MNIT budget increase
In a world where technology is seemingly everywhere, consequences of a security breach or shut down can be devastating to one’s day-to-day operations. Most of us run securit...
Budget proposal includes new state agency focused on kids, families
At the heart of the record $62 billion One Minnesota Budget proposal released by Gov. Tim Walz this week is a pledge to make the state the best in the nation for kids to live an...
Highways for Habitat pollinators program would require MnDOT to ditch current green space practices
The approximately 175,000 acres of green space along the state’s highways could be prime real estate for pollinator habitat, say supporters of a bill to establish a Highways for...

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