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Week in Review: Feb. 27 – March 3

Hundreds of children, parents, educators and early learning advocates gathered in the Rotunda March 2 for Advocacy for Children Day at the Capitol. Photo by Andrew VonBank
Hundreds of children, parents, educators and early learning advocates gathered in the Rotunda March 2 for Advocacy for Children Day at the Capitol. Photo by Andrew VonBank


A busy week at the House ended with a trio of committee meetings Friday. Representatives serving on those bodies may have been a little bleary eyed after a late-Thursday floor vote to pass a bill that would prohibit cities from enacting laws relating to private sector employment.

Caffeine could be a friend of many members in the next week because the first committee deadline — when committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin — is next Friday. Next week’s schedule is populated with bills during normal committee times and a number of potential after-dinner meetings are on the schedule. How will a projected increase in the state surplus affect the decisions?

Before looking ahead to next week; let’s take a look at what you may have missed this week.

Among the issues addressed were: abortion, cell phone use while driving, fantasy sports, “paper or plastic?,” primary election, school “snow days,” solitary confinement, teacher shortages, transit line operations

Check out the latest gallery from House Photography and stay up-to-date on House news and updates throughout the week at Session Daily.



Bill called ‘clear message’ to farmers on concerns over buffer requirements


Eliminating ‘unnecessary’ reporting requirement would help farmers



Stage set for spending showdown at the Capitol as surplus jumps to $1.65 billion



‘Ban the Bag’ ordinances could be trashed


Formally recognizing fantasy sports is back for debate


Hoping to stabilize insurance market, plan would create a cushion for carriers


Small changes would go a long way in insurance measure passed by House


House passes MNvest changes that would align state regulations with federal rules



Perpich, Crosswinds closures approved by House education committee


‘Innovative approach’ proposed for teacher shortage situation


School ‘snow days’ could become ‘E-learning days’


Task force sought to review ‘cumbersome’ school financing system



State primary move to June proposed, held over


‘Starting Line’: Should states elect the president by popular vote


Minnesota Index: Special elections



Preemption of local labor ordinances passed by House



Environmental Quality Board faces possible elimination


New DNR bill takes dim view of some boat lights



Limiting abortion funding sparks discussion on help for women in need


People from deafblind community seek greater support services


Caregivers serving elderly need training on impact of hearing loss


Home visits could help more pregnant teens and their children


Early intervention funding sought for those diagnosed with schizophrenia



House acts to raise bar for housing-development moratoriums



Email retention policy needed to bring uniformity


Iron Range resources board could become advisory-only commission



Free burial for veterans’ spouses could disrupt VA revenue



Stronger penalties sought for assaulting hospital workers, firefighters


More dollars sought to provide legal representation for foster children


Solitary confinement guidelines sought for state prisons


Predatory offender registration expansion proffered for certain crimes



Key to legislative process, committee deadlines loom


Administrative rule changes could have to wait for Legislature’s OK


Effort to put task forces under open meeting law narrowed


Bill aims to clarify when government workers’ data would be public



Funding plan to reimburse lost property tax revenue moves forward



Handheld cell phone driving ban gets underway


Legislators set sights on transportation project selection process


Special tax district proposed as way to pay transit line operations


Grant cap could boost smaller local bridge projects, hurt major urban ones

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