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Week in Review: March 13-17

Tribal flagbearers surround the rostrum after a procession into the House Chamber to open Sovereignty Day at the Capitol March 13. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)
Tribal flagbearers surround the rostrum after a procession into the House Chamber to open Sovereignty Day at the Capitol March 13. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

Mid-March is here and, looking at the calendar, we’re more than halfway through the 2023 regular legislative session. Spring begins on Monday, budget targets could soon follow, and then it’s omnibus budget bills, lengthy floor debates and likely conference committees.

For now, however, it’s the heart of the session with nearly 60 House meetings held this week and two dozen already scheduled for next. It’s a number that is certain to grow over the next few days.

Images of the Week: March 13-17

Have an enjoyable weekend, get some rest, and here’s a look back at what you may have missed over the past week.




Legislation to create indemnity fund aims to make grain sellers whole when buyer fails



More than $60 million proposed to support statewide historic, cultural preservation projects



Local officials pitch capital investment panel on need for Duluth, St. Cloud airport projects



House lawmakers OK bill to help people retrieve property from towed vehicles


Bill proposes expanded access to public defenders in child protection cases



Special state fund proposed for targeted groups to support emerging developers



House bill would mandate smaller K-12 class sizes, boost funding formula


Lawmakers hear plan to fund, provide American Indian education to all Minnesota students


Holocaust survivor urges lawmakers to mandate genocide studies in Minnesota classrooms


Programs striving to close student opportunity gaps ask lawmakers for $13.4 million


Early educator licensing change sought to help students and teachers



House elections committee approves expanded use of ranked-choice voting


Grant money proposed to improve polling place access



Bill seeks $1.9 million to provide job training for people with disabilities


House panel OKs measure supporters say will improve safety standards at oil refineries



Bill could help recycle landfills for use as solar sites



Could environmental bill be swan song for lead sinkers in some Minnesota lakes?


Bill proposes considering cumulative impact of environmental stressors in MPCA’s permitting process


Bill would direct health department to analyze costs, benefits of universal health coverage


Safety grants could help defend human services providers from workplace violence


Bill to help retain nurses at Minnesota bedsides clears House health panel



Scholarship program proposed to address Minnesota’s persistent police staffing shortage


Emergency fund for MN college students in need of a major boost, advocates tell higher ed committee



House passes $50 million in funding for homeless prevention program


Housing omnibus bill could overhaul tenant, landlord law



Potential for release proposed for juvenile offenders with life sentences


Public safety panel advances bill to prohibit no-knock warrants


Policy-only omnibus public safety bill heads to House floor



Committee OKs $40 million to replenish the state’s disaster contingency account ahead of spring flood season


House panel considers allowing MN secretary of state to use federal election safety funds without legislative approval



Property taxes going up? You might have a refund coming



Transportation bill could update license fee collection, distribution in effort to better match customer needs


Transportation panel greenlights bill that could charge developers for street improvements


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