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Week in Review: Feb. 19-23

Drum Major Ari Martin conducts a University of Minnesota pep band Feb. 22 during U of M Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)
Drum Major Ari Martin conducts a University of Minnesota pep band Feb. 22 during U of M Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

One week from today it will be March. One month from today is the first committee deadline. And with the February 2024 Budget and Economic Forecast scheduled to be released Wednesday, the busiest days of this year’s legislative session should soon begin.

But lawmakers will have a brief pause next Tuesday, Feb. 27 to attend precinct caucuses, which are held by political parties around the state to discuss issues and organize in advance of November’s general election. No committee meetings will be held Tuesday or before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Monday’s schedule will not change. The House Ways and Means Committee is to hold its usual 10:30 a.m. hearing, although the agenda does note the committee will recess and return 15 minutes after the afternoon floor session to take up HF3489, the school resource officer bill.

That floor session will start at its usual 3:30 p.m. time, but there are no bills on the Calendar for the Day.  

Have a good weekend and here’s a look back at what happened over the past week.



Local funds could be required to ensure bonding projects are maintained


Public colleges, universities seeking nearly $1 billion in 2024 for capital improvements



Committee advances bill to ban ‘reprehensible’ buying and selling of human bones


Measure would keep the information assault victims share with advocates private



Online marketing prioritizes ‘profits over our kids,' says House lawmaker — she aims to change that


Bill calling for added protections for online ticket buyers advances in House


Legislators consider increasing funding to recovery school program funding for first time in decade


School boards — not education commissioner — could approve four-day school weeks


Grants could allow more young Minnesota drivers to hit the road


Lawmaker says ‘aggressive’ action needed to combat use of AI, deepfakes in MN elections



Clarification to earned sick and safe time law could add air flight crews


All employees could get access to their personnel records



Would bottle deposit solve Minnesota’s waste problem? Or just nickel-and-dime consumers?


Packaging waste costs could be delivered from consumers to producers


Minnesota without loons? House committee addresses state of the state’s climate



Proposal would introduce state licensing for clinical art therapists


Child care crisis, workforce crisis meet in House hearing


House lawmakers open debate on health insurance public option


Proposal seeks to establish food assistance as medicine pilot program


Employed adults with a disability seek medical coverage guarantee


Somali community’s mental health focus of House bill



Band on hand, University of Minnesota leaders seek $45 million budget boost


Minnesota State chancellor tells higher ed committee it needs $61 million boost


Housing panel OKs bill that would protect tenants from landlords’ retaliation


Lawmakers seek solution to Minnesota’s affordable housing gap



Should vacant county attorney, sheriff positions be filled by appointment or special election?


Recruitment bonus program considered to boost Minnesota National Guard enlistment



Public safety panel advances bill to expand immunity protections to people reporting overdoses



Legislation would throw flag on unruly youth sports spectators



Property tax panel debates whether level of aid to cities, counties is enough


House panel hears Minnesota's new child tax credit up and running


House passes standard deduction remedy, sends bill to Senate



Written portion of driver’s tests should steer clear of confusing language, House lawmaker says



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