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Week in Review: March 13-17

By Mike Cook
The House Education Finance Committee listens to testimony on HF1663 March 16. Photo by Paul Battaglia

Two committee deadlines are down and the third — when committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills — is two weeks away.

A key benchmark toward reaching that final deadline took place Friday afternoon when Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled his supplemental budget based off the state’s projected budget surplus.

Before that, things were hopping in the House with committees meeting day and night. Among issues addressed in the past five days include: collegiate student activity fees, data sharing, elections changes, gas tax revenue, jumbo shrimp, reinsurance program, teacher seniority, terrorism funding and zero-based budgeting.

Before looking ahead to next week which could include the first omnibus finance bill unveiling, let’s take a look at what you may have missed this week.

Check out the latest gallery from House Photography and stay up-to-date on House news and updates throughout the week at Session Daily.

Stay safe out there.

 

AGRICULTURE

Ag committee approves farm safety bill

 

Jumbo shrimp farms touted as new agriculture industry

 

BUDGET

More money for pre-K education, savings are priorities in governor’s revised budget

 

Howe pleads case for ‘painful’ state budgeting process

 

CIVIL LAW

Governor, lawmakers agree families need help with care costs — but how much?

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

‘Snow Angel’ grants would provide $4 million for ski areas

 

EDUCATION

Teacher seniority no guarantee of job retention under bill that passes House

 

Student concurrent enrollment programs seek equal footing

 

ELECTIONS

Omnibus elections bill calls for calendar shifts

 

Minnesotans could cast ballots marked ‘Challenged’

 

EMPLOYMENT

Political workers would not qualify for dislocated worker aid

 

ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

LCCMR bill moves forward despite substantial changes

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Advocates call for more cash assistance to help families in need

 

Fees strain middle class families with children who are disabled

 

Some wanting to marry find they’d be barred from a state program

 

Group residential homes seek more funding to support services

 

House passes reinsurance program aimed at stabilizing individual market

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

Proposed post-secondary programs for students with disabilities offer opportunity

 

Mandatory Minnesota State student activity fees could be no more

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Patchwork of local policies has lawmaker saying ‘no’ to their state aid

 

MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

Making Minnesota better for veterans: Chair says ‘nonpolitical’ approach is best

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Funding a terrorist act deserves a felony charge, bill says

 

Not just a metro problem — money sought to target central Minnesota sex traffickers

 

Starting line: Gun violence prevention bill hopes to boost community safety

 

Sheriffs could refer more inmates for local mental health services

 

RECREATION AND TOURISM

Minnesota Zoo seeks $3.75 million in Legacy funding

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

State’s IT service needs consolidation, $3 million in cuts proposed

 

Increased data sharing sought among government agencies

 

‘Deeper type’ of financial audit on CTIB, Met Council draws Otto’s ire

 

Push to find budget savings means mid-level agency numbers could dwindle

 

State employees could opt out of state’s insurance coverage

 

Minnesota Index: Shining a light on government data

 

TAXES

Utilities would pay property taxes based on plants’ output

 

TRANSPORTATION

Cities make case for more local street funding

 

Lawmakers seek solution as more electric vehicles mean less gas tax revenue

 

Special license plate would ‘honor those who have fallen’

 

Road weight limit exemption sought for ambulances

 

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