By Jonathan Avise
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House leaders on Friday praised the body’s quick work in passing $500 million in tax relief this week, but cautioned much work remains on major bills as a March 21 committee deadline draws near.
Lawmakers said the fast pace set over the first two weeks of the 2014 session would continue next week, with
HF1986, a bill to amend the state’s ban on gifts to lawmakers, scheduled for a House floor vote, and committees hearing pieces of Gov. Mark Dayton’s “unsession” proposals to eliminate outdated and antiquated laws.
A bill legalizing medical marijuana is also scheduled to make its next stop next week. After advancing out of the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee following an emotional, hours-long hearing earlier this week,
HF1818 is scheduled to be heard in the House Government Operations Committee Tuesday morning.
During a Friday morning news conference, House Speaker Paul Thissen (DFL-Mpls) cast doubt, however, as to whether the legislation can become law in its current form.