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Legislature takes a spring break
By Lee Ann Schutz
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The Legislature is on Passover/Easter break until Tuesday, April 7. Committees can resume meeting that morning and the House is scheduled to be in session at noon. Look for posts to Session Daily and our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts to resume at that time. House offices will remain open except on Friday, April 3.

The House is expected to return to a full agenda that week when committee hearings resume. The governor is scheduled to give his State of the State address on Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the House chamber. Additionally, he is expected to release plans for funding capital projects that week.

Two of the three deadlines have passed for committees to finish up their work and many policy committee chairs have announced they plan no further meetings this session. However, that leaves plenty of time for the finance committee to craft their omnibus bills with an April 24 deadline for completion of that work.

Members must constitutionally finish their work by May 18.

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Twin Cities Hmong community seeks help in closing achievement gap
By Hank Long

Many Southeast Asian families whose parents are first-generation Minnesotans struggle to access to early learning resources for their children, advocates say

Bill charts path for objecting to autopsies on religious grounds
By Chris Steller

Feb. 7 death prompted effort to put medical examiners’ consultation with family members into law.

Gym teachers make a push for increased phy ed standards
By Hank Long

Joe McCarthy doesn’t like it when his elementary students sit still. The 14-year physical education teacher has been a leader in state and nationally-based P.E. movements de...

Committee approves expanding trespass crime to school buses
By Mike Cook

Helping ensure student and driver safety is the goal of a bill heading to the House Floor.

Home cooks hope new bill is a recipe for more money
By Jonathan Mohr

If you’re handy with a rolling pin or a garden hoe and want to earn some additional income, the pot of money you can make will be growing if a bill heard by the House Agriculture Finance Committee Thursday eventually becomes law.

Premium cigar distributors seek reduction from 2013 tobacco taxes
By Lee Ann Schutz

Held over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill, HF1544 would lower the tax on premium cigars from approximately $3.50 on the wholesale price to 50 cents a cigar. It would also change the definition by removing the requirement that a premium cigar is hand-rolled.

Omnibus lands bill approved by environment committee
By Jonathan Mohr

More than a dozen parcels of state-owned land are one step closer to sale or conveyance after the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee approved the omnibus lands bill Thursday.

U of M, MnSCU want more than $275 million for capital improvements
By Hank Long

It’s not a traditional bonding year for the Legislature, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t capital improvement needs at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Backers push for vote on driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants
By Jonathan Avise

Supporters say a bill proposing to eliminate proof of lawful U.S. residency as a requirement for obtaining a Minnesota driver’s license would mean safer roads, more insured drivers

Tax credit aims to lure long-term care professionals to Greater Minnesota
By Hank Long

The demand for long-term care resources is at an all-time high. To combat those workforce shortages, lawmakers are partnering with health care industry leaders to find ways to entice more people to consider such jobs.

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