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House kicks off series of hearings on racial justice issues

A 13-member bipartisan group began Tuesday to delve deeper into the how and why of such inequality as part of the new House Select Committee on Racial Justice.

House again backs governor's emergency powers in special session

Just like the June, July and August gatherings, the House voted against bringing up a concurrent resolution that would end Gov. Tim Walz’s peacetime emergency powers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fourth special session of the year set for Friday

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday issued a proclamation calling the House and Senate back to St. Paul at noon, Sept. 11, and noted he intends to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency by 30 days to help the state continue to quickly an effectively respond to the ongoing pandemic.

House pandemic response committee learns about disparities surrounding the disease

Health experts on Wednesday briefed lawmakers on the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on communities of color and the disparities that can make the virus more dangerous to some Minnesotans than others.

‘Senate inaction’ led to decision on prison closures, corrections chief tells House panel

The state’s top corrections official on Tuesday linked the planned closure of a pair of Minnesota correctional facilities to the Senate’s failure to pass a public safety supplemental budget bill that had previously cleared the House.

Lawmakers updated on efforts to contain chronic wasting disease

Although chronic wasting disease remains rare in Minnesota, new areas of concern have been identified this year and an aggressive approach is still needed to protect the state’s deer population.

Select committee hears nurses’ workplace safety concerns

Several nurses spoke Tuesday about workplace safety concerns during the first remote meeting of the House Select Committee on Minnesota’s Pandemic Response and Rebuilding.

House passes omnibus education policy bill that includes anti-vaping measures

Sponsored by Rep. Cheryl Youakim (DFL-Hopkins), HF163, as amended, was passed 77-56 by the House in the session’s final seconds. Because the Senate adjourned sine die, the bill is dead.

Final Week in Review: May 10 – May 18

A look back at what happened in the Minnesota House of Representatives during the final week of the 2020 session.

Socially distant but emotionally resonant — retirement speeches highlight friendships, look to future

Monday afternoon marked the end of the 2020 regular legislative session, and the retirements of more than a dozen representatives, who thanked family, House staff, mentors, and friends – especially those in the Legislature.
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