Although the flurry of activity in advance of Thursday’s first committee deadline has paused – and the MNLARS debate may temporarily return to a slow simmer – another self-imposed cutoff is already approaching.
The second committee deadline – when committees must act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other body, is March 29, and the House begins its Easter/Passover break the following day.
But before looking ahead let’s take a look at what you may have missed this week.
Agriculture committee hears ditch mowing proposals
More could qualify for beginning farmer tax credits
Blaine’s National Sports Center seeks $2.5 million for maintenance facility
Minnesota’s last one-room school seeks dollars to expand
Nearly $26 million sought for multi-county medical examiner's office
BUSINESS AND COMMERCE
Still not closing time for Sunday liquor sales talk at Capitol
Bill would exempt hair braiding from state cosmetology laws
Punish organizers for ‘bad actors’? Bill would create felony for ‘vicarious liability’
‘Delete friend request’: Bill would bar employers from accessing employees’ social media accounts
Reducing student suspensions at core of omnibus E-12 policy bill
Funding increases for student mental health finds bipartisan support
Committee considers grant program to improve school building safety
Education omnibus bill proposes new school district rating system
House lawmakers advance plan to expand solar energy rewards program
Bill approved to prevent Legacy-funded art projects from promoting domestic terrorism, criminal activity
Bipartisan bill would use 3M settlement dollars to test private wells
PCA water fees make a splash with some legislators
Proposed grants would turn emerald ash borer-infected trees into biomass fuel
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Abortion ultrasound viewing bill headed to House floor
Work requirement for Medicaid advances in House
Committee approves relaxing child care provider rules
Bill to rescue smoking cessation program advances with bipartisan support
Committee approves measure to reform U of M regents selection process
House passes bill allowing towns to donate to local food shelves
MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS
‘Simple fix’ would stop taxing half of veterans’ civil service pensions
Who cares for Minnesota's abandoned cemeteries?
No votes — again — on gun-control bills in House public safety committee
‘Huffing’ and driving could be charged, penalized like a DWI
Cameras in the courtroom? Consent would be required by many under proposal in House
Snowmobile, ATV privileges could be revoked after DWI
Legislators aim to close off-road DWI loophole
Still no voting for felons on probation
Bill aims to ensure peace officers can be armed
Starting Line: A solution to the state's lieutenant governor conundrum?
House OKs bill to close loophole in bidding process for water tower repairs
Technical changes for mortgage loan originators’ licensing get House OK
Bill would require state govt. plan to conduct business during declared emergencies
Proposal would help fund cybersecurity measures in state government
Committee considers offering tax credits to Hollywood
Lawmakers pass, governor signs compromise MNLARS funding bill
House, Senate agree to MNLARS funding compromise
House, Senate pass differing versions of bills to fund MNLARS fixes
Omnibus transportation policy bill proposes sweeping changes to Met Council
'A very successful session?' Or, 'a debacle?' The reviews are mixed in the immediate aftermath of the 2018 session.
Introduced in March 2017 by Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL-New Brighton) and Sen. Carolyn Laine (DFL-Columbia Heights), HF2470/SF2259, aims to stop the cycle of opioid misuse and addiction through education.
The conference committee tasked with hammering out the differences that divide the House and Senate on a laundry list of major issues met for the first time Tuesday afternoon.
Republican legislative majority offers mixed reactions to proposed tax system overhauls and DMV fixes.
The latest numbers are a $517 million swing from the November forecast
The state’s latest economic forecast projects a budget deficit of $188 million for the current two-year biennium, and a $586 million deficit for the 2020-21 biennium
The budget process explained — and why it matters