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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.



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



Commerce panel advances cannabis policy bill, tweaking landmark 2023 legislation


Medicinal cannabis users could benefit from increased home-grow limits



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



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


Hourly school employees seek compensation for e-learning days


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



Committee sends labor policy bill to the House Floor



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



Warmed by waste: Counties could reap fuel from food scraps


Bill seeks to remove funding barriers for renewable energy projects



Advocates tell lawmakers Minnesota needs better accessibility to disability services


Legislation would have insurance companies cover cost of prosthetic devices


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


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



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



Rumble strip requirement gets hearing in House transportation committee


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