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Week in Review: March 25-27

Bright sunshine casts shadows upon freshly fallen snow March 27 following an early spring storm. (Photo by Michele Jokinen)
Bright sunshine casts shadows upon freshly fallen snow March 27 following an early spring storm. (Photo by Michele Jokinen)

It was a short week as lawmakers began their Easter Break Wednesday evening, but many committees were able to meet at least once before taking some much-needed time away.

House offices will be closed on March 29 and, no April Fools here, members won’t officially return until a noon floor session April 2. Committees will resume meeting that afternoon as well.

Have a safe, enjoyable break and here’s a look back at what happened over the last few days.

 

BUDGET

Ways and Means Committee OKs proposed $512 million supplemental budget on party-line vote

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18226

 

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE

Commerce panel advances cannabis policy bill, tweaking landmark 2023 legislation

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18242

 

Medicinal cannabis users could benefit from increased home-grow limits

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18227

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

With 2026 Special Olympics USA Games on way to Minnesota, organizers seek help from state to clear final funding hurdle

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18238

 

EDUCATION

Funding proposed for grant program to develop cultural studies materials for Minnesota schools

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18240

 

Hourly school employees seek compensation for e-learning days

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18239

 

Bill aims to help seasonal, recreational property-heavy school districts manage low tax bases

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18231

 

EMPLOYMENT

Committee sends labor policy bill to the House Floor

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18233

 

ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Increasing popularity of off-roading requires better trail planning, legislator says

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18237

 

ENERGY

Warmed by waste: Counties could reap fuel from food scraps

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18243

 

Bill seeks to remove funding barriers for renewable energy projects

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18235

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Advocates tell lawmakers Minnesota needs better accessibility to disability services

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18236

 

Legislation would have insurance companies cover cost of prosthetic devices

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18234

 

Lawmaker seeks to boost program that delivers small grants with a big impact to child care facilities

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18228

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Paper or plastic? House bill proposes to bin ban on local bag laws

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18230

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Bill to promote more prison visitors could lead to better post-release outcomes, advocates say

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18232

 

TRANSPORTATION

Rumble strip requirement gets hearing in House transportation committee

https://www.house.mn.gov/SessionDaily/Story/18229

 


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