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Week in Review: Feb. 11-15

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The flurry of legislative activity will pause for much of Monday as the House observes Sovereignty Day with a number of presentations and discussions in the House Chamber beginning at 9 a.m.

But with Gov. Tim Walz due to release his budget on Tuesday and several committees and divisions already reserving rooms for potential evening meetings, it’s safe to assume next week will be a busy one.

Before we look ahead, however, let’s look back 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.

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Recent Dailies

Week in Review: Feb. 11-15
The flurry of legislative activity will pause for much of Monday as the House observes Sovereignty Day with a number of presentations and discussions in the House Chamber beginn...
Bill to reduce bail for low-risk defendants held over for more testimony
Any amount of bail, even if under $100, can keep low-income defendants in jail and put them at risk of losing their jobs, houses and children. Proponents of HF741, which wou...
House OK’s updated bicycle traffic regulations, rider rules
HF462 contains a number of proposed changes related to riding rules, bicyclist duties and rules governing drivers when they interact with bikers.
Range of recruitment efforts needed to address Hennepin County foster care crisis
A $75,000 appropriation is being sought in Fiscal Year 2020 to recruit and support foster families in Hennepin County while developing a strategic planning model to meet its needs moving forward.
How the state taxes Social Security benefits would change under three bills
How much should Social Security benefits be taxed by the state — if at all? Three bills laid over by the House Taxes Committee Thursday take varied views on the question.
'Breakfast after the Bell' program would increase student access to first meal of the day
A plan to provide state aid to bolster school breakfast programs was held over Thursday by the House Education Finance Division for possible omnibus bill inclusion.
Judges might be able to reduce court costs for low-income people
Showing “undue hardship” to a judge may be able to lower a person’s court costs. Under current law anyone appearing in criminal or traffic court must pay a $75 surcharge to ...
Resolution for State funeral to honor World War II veterans moves forward
A House panel approved a bill that proposes a resolution calling on the president and Congress to authorize a state funeral when the last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II dies.
Bill looks to promote and support volunteerism in Minnesota
HF263 would appropriate $500,000 to the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administrators to allow the organization to help groups around the state use best practices in volunteer programs.
Proposed legislation could ban conversion therapy
HF12 would prohibit conversion therapy conversion therapy — also known as 'reparative therapy' — for vulnerable adults and anyone under the age of 18.

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House committees, schedule and chairs announced for 2019-20 biennium
The framework for the 2019 legislative session took shape Wednesday as House DFL leaders announced the committee structure, chairs and the schedule lawmakers will follow when they reconvene Jan. 8, 2019.
Strong suburban showing puts DFL in control of House
Winning a number of key races in the Twin Cities suburbs, the DFL picked up 18 seats and will hold a 75-59 advantage when the House convenes Jan. 8, 2019.
Omnibus bills provide framework for the state's biennial budget plan
At the beginning of the state’s two-year fiscal cycle, the first year of the legislative session is traditionally a “budget year.” It’s a lengthy process, but it’s one that requ...

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