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Week in Review: Jan. 17-20
By HPIS Staff
Lobbyists watch the live broadcast of the Jan. 19 House debate of SF1 on a television in a State Capitol hallway. Photo by Andrew VonBank

The third week of the 2017 session wrapped up Thursday night with passage of a health insurance premium relief bill. A conference committee is expected to begin work early next week on differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) said he’s aiming to have the bill to Gov. Mark Dayton by next Thursday.

It was only a three-day week for legislators because of Monday’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, yet a couple of higher-profile issues were addressed. A bill for Sunday off-sale liquor transactions is headed to the House Floor after a decisive committee vote and the pros and cons of agricultural buffer zones were addressed at a joint committee hearing.

Other issues addressed this week include: teacher licensure, taxing Social Security benefits, biodiesel mandates, Twin Cities transit funding, officer training and even candidate fundraising raffles.

Before looking ahead to next week; let’s take a look at what you may have missed this week.

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House passes $315 million health insurance relief package
By Ricky Campbell

SF1 passes the House by a 73-54 vote, but DFLers object to proposed market reforms included in the bill.

Officer training requirements, funding concerns shared with House panel
By Mike Cook

Public safety departments across the state have growing concerns over the cost of training their officers.

Prizes for campaign cash? Bill would OK candidate fundraising raffles
By Chris Steller

HF111, sponsored by Rep. Jim Newberger (R-Becker) would make candidate campaign raffles legal in Minnesota.

Buffer controversy grows once again at Capitol
By Jonathan Mohr

As deadlines to implement the 2015 buffer law approach, concerns surrounding the legislation continue.

Perpich Center facing major problems, legislative auditor says
By Nick Longworth

The Perpich Center for Arts Education and accompanying Crosswinds Arts and Science School face their fair share of problems. The House Education Innovation Policy Committee ...

Retailers seek allowance for being ‘state’s sales tax partner’
By Lee Ann Schutz

Legislation would provide the approximate 160,000 retailers in the state a vendor allowance for the help they provide in collecting and remitting sales tax money.

With Greater Minnesota beset by child care crisis, lawmakers seek fixes
By Chris Steller

Staff shortages, business challenges and affordability problems are wreaking havoc in rural areas

Higher ed committee reviews college career readiness offerings
By Nick Longworth

After graduating high school most students just want to follow their dreams, wherever they may lead. Wednesday, the House Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Fi...

Committee offers hopeful talk about tax relief on Social Security payments
By Lee Ann Schutz

With an increasing number of people reaching retirement age, senior tax cut proposals need to be weighed against the fiscal impact on other state services, tax committee hears.

Slower growth expected in state’s increasing prison population
By Mike Cook

Minnesota’s adult prison population totaled 10,114 on July 1, 2016. That number was five inmates lower than one year prior, yet 905 inmates higher than on July 1, 2007. Going forward, the numbers are not expected to rise as fast as officials believed one year ago.

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Dayton proposes $1.5 billion bonding bill
By Jonathan Avise

Governor urges lawmakers to pass a big capital investment bill during budget-setting year; House Speaker has expressed doubt over bonding this session

Session opens with a number of unresolved issues
By HPIS Staff

It was a day of selfies, swearings-in and standing ovations as the House opened the 2017­-18 biennial session Tuesday.

Committee assignments announced for 2017-18 session
By Jonathan Avise

The 27 committees, subcommittees and divisions that House Republican leadership named in late November are at the core of the legislative process.

House committee structure and chairs named for upcoming biennium
By Mike Cook

House Republican leadership has announced the committee structure and chairs for the 90th legislative biennium scheduled to convene Jan. 3, 2017. The plan is for 27 committe...

Republicans affirm Daudt, Peppin leadership; DFL chooses Hortman
By Lee Ann Schutz

Current House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Majority Leader Joyce Peppin retained their leadership positions Friday for the 90th legislative session scheduled to begin Jan. 3, 2017. DFLers chose Rep. Melissa Hortman as minority leader.

Republicans hold House, expand their majority
By Jonathan Avise

House Republican and House DFL caucuses are expected to elect their leadership during organizational meetings later this week.

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