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Week in Review Jan. 30 – Feb. 3

Aztec dancers perform with supporters at a Capitol Rotunda rally Jan. 30 while HF4 — a bill that would allow undocumented Minnesotans to obtain a driver's license or ID — is debated on the House Floor. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)
Aztec dancers perform with supporters at a Capitol Rotunda rally Jan. 30 while HF4 — a bill that would allow undocumented Minnesotans to obtain a driver's license or ID — is debated on the House Floor. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

The restoration of felon voting rights upon release from incarceration is an issue supporters have been working on for years at the Capitol. So too is the “Driver’s Licenses for All” proposal that would allow people without proof of legal presence in the state to drive legally.

Both objectives may have been achieved this week as the House held long debates before passing each bill for what is likely the last time.

But even as those issues culminated, others began their journey through the committee process over the past few days. The capital investment committee heard the $3.3 billion bonding request from Gov. Tim Walz, one of several hearings that featured briefings on aspects of the governor’s $65 billion budget proposal which lawmakers will have to consider in the months to come.

Images of the Week: Jan. 30-Feb. 3

Bills involving gun safety, health care costs, education funding, renewable energy, environmental conservation, housing, taxes, and public safety are also on the move.

Members, staff, and everyone who follows along, had a busy week.

Have an enjoyable weekend and here’s a look back at what you may have missed.



State's noxious weed fighters could get $1 million boost in dedicated funds



Citing ‘growing demand,’ Walz administration proposes $3 billion bonding plan



Attorney general's office looks for up-to-date funding in its budget request



Bill aims to establish Minnesota as a ‘Trans Refuge’ state



State lawmakers seek more authority over potential Sanford-Fairview merger


Proposed $15 million loan program to reduce racial, economic disparities gets first hearing



Proposal to permanently expand pre-K programs clears key committee


MN students’ mental health is suffering. More help could be on the way


School officials from across state ask lawmakers for more funds to bolster English language courses


Education committee hears funding pitch to kickstart novel schooling model


Special education funding gap would disappear under massive spending proposal


House votes to restore voting rights to felons post-incarceration


MN voters could do the electric sign at polls


DFL lawmakers push to offer paid time-off for early in-person voting



Lawmakers move to block ‘forever chemicals’ from kids products


House committee approves measure to free MN workers from restraints of non-compete agreements



More public solar projects? That's the goal of proposed grant program



House passes lands bill containing same provisions that failed in 2022


Legislation would direct percentage of pollution fines to impacted communities


Bill would give conservation districts a dedicated funding source


House panel discusses ongoing funding to expand reading program for kids


Health panel considers bill requiring more medical, dental cost transparency


Grants to lessen disparities among kids could become permanent — and receive $50 million


Medical Assistance would cover home care and homemaker services under new, bipartisan bill



Affordability, attainment key drivers in Walz's proposed higher education budget


Inflation, scholarships and safety are focus of U of M budget request



Countable income adjustments could aid recipients of MN housing support


With supply short, lawmaker wants homes sold to prospective homebuyers — not investors



VA budget proposal includes money to open doors at three new veterans homes



Public safety panels House OKs contentious gun background check bill


Public safety panel approves ‘red flag’ firearm removal


MN police may get expanded powers to use high-tech tools to track stolen vehicles


Beefed-up background checks may be coming for peace officer applicants



Juneteenth on way to becoming Minnesota's newest holiday



Lawmakers contemplate state tax credit to ease electric vehicle, appliance purchases


Bill proposes expanding state’s working family tax credit



Driver’s license applicants could volunteer demographic info under bill that gains committee OK


House gives go-ahead to 'Driver's Licenses For All'


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