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Week in preview: multi-hour — maybe multi-day — omnibus debates expected to continue

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About the only thing certain at the Minnesota House of Representatives in the next week or so is that members will not be meeting Friday evening or Saturday.

Inordinate amounts of caffeine and maybe not always eating the healthiest of food? Probably.

Passing bills when most Minnesotans are asleep? Perhaps.

According to supplemental guidelines established by legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Walz earlier this year, all major finance bills are to be passed off the House and Senate floors, and conference committees appointed, by May 1. Conferees are to finish their work by May 13, one week before the legislative session must constitutionally conclude.

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Recent Dailies

Collaborative approach can help more businesses in south-central MN, bill supporters say
HF2151 would appropriate $150,000 in Fiscal Year 2020 and again in Fiscal Year 2021 in grant funds to support entrepreneur and small business development at the Regional Center for Entrepreneurial Facilitation.
Proposed funding would revive state's office tracking the economic status of women
HF2533 would provide an unspecified amount of money to fund the the Office on the Economic Status of Women, eliminated in a 2017 law, in the 2020-21 biennium.
House DFL outlines $47.8 billion 2020-21 spending proposal
The plan, dubbed the “Minnesota Values Budget,” would increase spending by $416.9 million over the 2020-21 biennium’s projected base budget.
State fair’s bonding authority would expand under bill
HF1468 would increase the total maximum amount of bonds issued and outstanding from $20 million to $30 million for the State Agricultural Society, the Minnesota State Fair's parent organization.
'Starting Line:' Would you choose to pay more at the pump?
Could HF2469 lead to a compromise on the debate over increasing Minnesota's gas tax by making it optional?
New guidelines could let ambulance service personnel help more people during emergencies
HF85 would direct the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board to propose guidelines authorizing EMTs, AEMTs, and paramedics to administer medications carried by the patient and needed to treat rare, life-threatening conditions
Proposed pilot project could help realize energy savings in nursing facilities
Long-term care facilities could get easier access to energy savings. Sponsored by Rep. Ginny Klevorn (DFL-Plymouth), HF2244 would extend the Property Assessed Clean Energy f...
Week in Review: March 18-22
A look back at what happened in the Minnesota House of Representatives the week of March 18-22, 2019.
House OKs using leashed dogs to help hunters find wounded game
Passed by the House, HF680 would allow hunters tracking dead or wounded bear and deer to use leashed dogs. It would also allow for the use of hand-held artificial lights while tracking with dogs.
House passes bill that would change legal definition of sexual harassment
The definition of sexual harassment in Minnesota law could be changed to clarify that sexually offensive behavior need not be “severe or pervasive” in order for it to be subject to litigation.

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Priority Dailies

Budget forecast: Projected surplus drops by almost $500 million, still tops $1 billion
The state has a $1.05 billion projected budget surplus for the upcoming biennium, Minnesota Management and Budget officials announced Thursday.
Walz budget would raise gas tax, emphasize education, health care
Education, health care and community prosperity are key targets for funding in the 2020-21 biennial budget proposed by Gov. Tim Walz.
Committee deadlines for 2019 unveiled
Legislators and the public officially know the timeline for getting bills through the committee process.

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