Lawmakers hardly missed a beat this week, picking up where they left off before the Easter/Passover break with a slate of meetings that included Thursday’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing where this year’s budget targets were set.
With those numbers in hand, committees can now dig into the specifics of this year’s omnibus budget bills, and they will be racing to meet the April 20 third committee deadline by when major appropriation and finance bills must be acted upon.
But before looking too far ahead, let’s look back at what you may have missed this week.
Proposed buffer fine draws fierce criticism — and an apology
Tax relief focus of House budget targets
BUSINESS AND COMMERCE
Don’t blink — bill would rescind a 2-year-old eyelash extension licensing law
House OKs measure to require contractors, insurers to provide clearer information
Bill amending credit union internal governance, guidelines for expelling members passes House
Starting Line: Lawmaker offers proposal to strengthen civics knowledge
Special ed, pre-k funding, school safety top governor’s E-12 supplemental budget proposal
Committee considers quick fix for special education cross-subsidy issue
Pregnant and parenting teens could benefit from expanded transportation services
Proposed primary shift meets concern from secretary of state
Bill to remove state’s solar energy goal would send ‘powerful signal,' state official tells lawmakers
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
A second attempt at funding water quality projects axed from 2017 Legacy bill
Updated water act would expand financial assistance for local projects
Landfill legislation seeks to balance environmental, financial concerns
Solid waste collection bill heads to Senate
Committee hears plan to address child care crisis in Greater Minnesota
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Committee looks at Little Falls opioid reduction as a model for hospitals
Lawmakers engage in heated exchanges as committee considers new SNAP benefit requirements
Funding sought to keep suicide hotline open
Tuition freezes, campus support top governor’s higher ed supplemental spending wish list
How to solve the skilled-workforce shortage? Lawmakers consider going back to the basics
MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS
Where to build MN's next vets home? Lawmakers face tough call in possible bonding proposal
Keeping safe in digital age focus of two bills held over by House committee
State seeks more funding to advocate for childrens' welfare in court
Bill would toughen state penalties on child porn offenders
Bill targets prostitution customers with tougher penalties
RECREATION AND TOURISM
House passes modifications to carbon monoxide detector requirements on boats
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
High-speed internet 'as necessary to my education as a pen and paper,' advocates of broadband expansion tell lawmakers
Report highlights former IT official’s missteps — but he points to agency’s wider shortcomings
Lawmakers hear $30 million request for Capitol security upgrades
Lawmakers' attempt to make MN.IT ‘more efficient’ worries agency head
Tax credits could become a tool in fixing Minnesota’s child care crisis
Cities could see $30 million increase in local government aid
'A very successful session?' Or, 'a debacle?' The reviews are mixed in the immediate aftermath of the 2018 session.
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