It was another hectic week — with a few late nights — as the House worked to move bills through the legislative process before the second committee deadline and the start of a 10-day Easter/Passover break.
House offices are closed Friday and legislative activity will resume Monday, April 9.
With most of the upcoming schedule still to be determined let’s take a look at what you may have missed this week.
Agriculture data privacy bill passed by House
Lawmakers hear of growing need for ag mental health resources
Omnibus agriculture policy bill approved despite controversial provision
Nearly $35 million sought for Minnesota Zoo preservation, revitalization
BUSINESS AND COMMERCE
Residential-based businesses could see online look-up protections
State prohibition of local bans on to-go containers heads for House Floor
House approves measure updating roadside repair contracts
'Safe Seniors Act' targets fraud before it happens
‘Certified reinsurers’ bill passes the House
House passes wide-ranging liquor package including earlier Sunday sales
House passes new regulations for agents representing college athletes
Health Dept. wants to add gestational research to its birth defects program
Committee considers changes to pre-K programming delivery
House panel advances bill to allow construction on controversial pipeline
Proposal: Land bought with legacy funds would have to be open for fishing, hunting
Environment committee approves new peer review requirements
Proposed changes to fisheries committee runs into sovereignty issue
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Proposed nurse license reciprocity heats up committee meetings
Proposed health care interpreter registry passes HHS committee
Limits to SNAP food benefits pass committee
Health care consumer price transparency bill headed to House floor
U of M seeks $10m in bid for 2018-19 tuition freeze
Provision aims to expand sexual assault victims’ rights
MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS
Lawmakers seek more job opportunities for veterans
Sex trafficking bill headed to House Floor
Starting Line: Federal immigration enforcement policy prompts proposal
House passes bill to criminalize fibbing about service animals
Protection for all hospital workers, firefighters goal of floor-bound bill
Bill aims to change fire code to ensure safe barn weddings
Court technology fee could be made permanent
Marital exception could disappear in sexual misconduct cases
‘Position of authority’ could be changed in criminal sexual conduct statute
State employee contracts bill heads to governor’s desk
Want to give the state a monetary gift? There could be a website for that
Gun safe purchase tax exemption held over by committee
Tax bill could close loophole for online lodging providers
Affordable housing fund would turn contributions into loans and grants
Charitable gambling could see sales tax exemption
Stretch of SE Minnesota highway could honor state trooper
Northstar extension bill gives hope to St. Cloud — but no funds
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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