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Starting Line: Where should unclaimed lottery winnings go?

Have you ever played a Minnesota State Lottery game?  If you have, you might have a few winning scratch tickets lying around the house just waiting to be cashed in.

According to lottery officials, scratch tickets essentially expire one year after the game officially ends. So, what happens if you miss the expiration deadline before collecting your winnings?

In Minnesota, unclaimed prize money goes into the state's General Fund.

Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell) thinks there’s a better place. He sponsors HF887, a bill that would change where unclaimed jackpots end up.

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Event Schedule

House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee
Tuesday, March 3 2015 8:15 AM
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HF616 (Fabian) Legislative approval of water quality standards and rules required, water quality standards cost-benefit analysis required, and money appropriated.
HF617 (Fabian) Water quality work independent peer review required.
HF572 (Hackbarth) Utility licenses crossing public lands and waters fee exemption created.
HF1008 (Dill) Timber permit extension interest rates modified.
* Bills will be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.
* If you want to testify on a bill please contact Amy Zipko at 651.296.4091 or e-mail amy.zipko@house.mn.

House Taxes Committee
Tuesday, March 3 2015 10:15 AM
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HF300 (Lohmer) Social security benefits subtraction allowed.
HF304 (Lueck) Social Security benefits subtraction allowed.
HF308 (Davids) Social Security benefits subtraction phase in allowed.
HF309 (Davids) Social Security benefits subtraction phase in allowed.
HF312 (Dettmer) Military retirement pay subtraction phase-in provided.
HF125 (Dettmer) Veteran jobs tax credit provided.
HF746 (Atkins) Social Security benefit subtraction phase in allowed.

House Education Finance Committee
Tuesday, March 3 2015 12:45 PM
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HF567 (Wills) School board flexibility for allocating compensatory revenue increased.
HF1222 (Hertaus) School boards authorized to reallocate compensatory revenue.
Non-partisan staff update on February Budget and Economic Forecast.

House Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee
Tuesday, March 3 2015 2:45 PM
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HF777 (Hamilton) Spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury research grant program created, spinal cord and traumatic brain injury advisory council established, and money appropriated.
HF742 (O'Neill) Campus sexual harassment and sexual violence policy changes required, good faith reporting of sexual harassment and sexual violence encouraged, coordination between postsecondary institutions and law enforcement required, postsecondary institutions required to create an online reporting system, data access restricted, campus security officers and administrators training required, and student health services for victims of sexual assault provided by institutions required.

WEDNESDAY - House floor session
Wednesday, March 4 2015 12:15 PM
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House floor session

News and Notes

Prefiled Bill Introductions HF1863-HF2142
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Members won’t seek re-election

Several members of the House have announced they will not seek re-election in 2014. An updated list can be found through this link.


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Session: Round 2

The House and Senate have agreed by joint resolution that the 2014 session is scheduled to begin Feb. 25. With that start date, the second year of the biennium could be a maximum 13 weeks in length.


What now for all those leftover bills?

Thousands of bills were introduced in the House and Senate, but only a small percentage make it to law. So, what happens to the remaining bills? Most sit in limbo, waiting for possible action during the 2014 session. (Read More)



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