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House passes transportation agreement

Billions of dollars for the state’s roads, bridges and public transportation system could be flowing after the House voted 112-21 Wednesday to pass the omnibus transportation finance and policy bill.

Committee hears details of House, Senate transportation agreement

Legislative leaders reached agreement on an omnibus transportation finance and policy bill that would provide funding for the Department of Transportation, Department of Public Safety and the Metropolitan Council during the upcoming biennium.

Housing panel reviews agreement on ending state's eviction moratorium

Ending of the COVID-19-related eviction moratorium and making substantial investments in multiple types of housing are among the highlights of a bill with bipartisan agreement.

After drawn-out debate, House OKs commerce, energy legislation without extension of reinsurance program

This special session’s first bill up for floor debate last Thursday was the omnibus commerce, climate and energy finance and policy bill. Four days later, it finally passed.

Omnibus higher education bill joins Saturday night passing party

Like a heavy rain after a heat wave, budget bills started bursting forth Saturday night after three days of House Republican filibusters, one after another gaining approval. As ...

House passes omnibus agriculture, broadband finance bill

After tabling the omnibus agriculture and broadband finance bill following about 8 hours of debate Friday, the House took the bill up again Saturday and made short work of it, p...

At long last, Legacy: House passes first bill of special session

After three days of filibusters by House Republicans, a bill was finally passed by the House. But the first budget bill approved during the first special session of 2021 doesn’t really deal with the state budget. Not the General Fund anyway.

With budget still unfinished, action on House Floor grinds to halt during daylong debate

The omnibus commerce, climate and energy finance and policy bill was to be the first of the budget bills to be debated by the full House during this special session.

House debates, then tables $139 million omnibus agriculture bill

Republicans say the $139 million omnibus agriculture and broadband finance bill needs more committee scrutiny and debate.

Tax agreement is ready to go, complete with PPP, unemployment exemptions

Bipartisan support has been given to the omnibus tax bill that is going to the House Ways and Means Committee.

Commerce, energy agreement heads to House Floor; action anticipated Thursday

Increased protection for consumers and borrowers, and a boost for renewable energy are key elements of an agreement the House and Senate have reached in the areas of commerce and energy.

Compromise agreement proposes $139 million budget for agriculture initiatives

Rep. Mike Sundin (DFL-Esko) chairs the House Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee. Monday morning he had words of praise for a compromise budget agreement. “It invests i...

Lawmakers return for special session as budget talks continue

Lawmakers resume efforts to pass two-year budget needed to fund the state’s government that would shut down if an agreement is not reached before July 1.

Special session officially set to begin Monday, focus to be setting state budget

Gov. Tim Walz has issued a proclamation calling the House and Senate back to St. Paul for a special session beginning at noon, June 14, and noted he intends to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency by 30 days to help the state continue to quickly and effectively respond to the pandemic.

Legacy agreement reached and ready for the special session

Among the 13 conference committees tasked with forging compromises between what passed the House and Senate this year, only one knew months ago how much money it would be disbur...

One agreement down, 12 to go: Higher education completes its assignment

The $3.51 billion agreement, expected to be introduced as a bill in a special session, would cap tuition increases for Minnesota State students at 3.5% over the next two academic years.

Ethics panel holds initial hearing on complaint against Rep. John Thompson

The House Ethics Committee held an initial hearing Friday on a complaint brought against Rep. John Thompson (DFL-St. Paul) for comments made during a June 19 debate on the House Floor.

House caps off special session by passing omnibus tax bill

The bill would produce $49.1 billion in revenue in the 2022-23 biennium that started Thursday and provide $4.2 billion in refunds, aids and credits, including $761 million in new tax cuts and credits.

‘Common sense’ or 'hyper-partisan?' Elections bill clears House committee on party-line vote

On an 8-5 party-line vote, HF9, as amended, was approved Friday by the House State Government Finance and Elections Committee.

Week in Review: Jan. 25-29

With the introduction of his $52 billion budget proposal this week, Gov. Tim Walz made the first major move of the 2021 legislative session, setting the stage for the hearings, ...

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