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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

State sentencing guidelines may include rules on probation
HF997, sponsored by Rep. Jamie Long (DFL-Mpls), would direct the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission to establish rules “to maintain uniformity, proportionality, rationality, and predictability” in probation sentences.
Bill would allow school districts to start before Labor Day
A pair of bills geared toward earlier school start dates came before the House Education Policy Committee Wednesday, reigniting a decade’s long debate.
Net neutrality bill moves forward
Measures meant to protect net neutrality survived a first hearing Wednesday. Key to the proposal sponsored by Rep. Zack Stephenson (DFL-Coon Rapids) is a prohibition against...
Stay away when sick: Bill requiring paid time off advances
House labor panel OK's bill that would require employees to earn, at a minimum, one hour of paid, earned sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked, up to 48 hours per year.
Prescription drug repository program could connect people in need to medication
HF182 would create and administer a prescription drug repository program, a “charitable pharmacy” to connect people in need with safe medications that would otherwise have been thrown out.
Water infrastructure projects could get funding boost
Cities and counties play an essential role in protecting Minnesota waters, but their aging wastewater and stormwater systems can make it difficult to meet state and federal regu...
Bills seeks to create ATV campground in state park
The effort to create a campground for all-terrain vehicle users at Lake Vermillion-Soudan Underground State Park moved one step closer to its goal Wednesday
Corrections division approves bill to improve contraband screening
Legislation authorizing the use of specialized scanners by prison and jail personnel found strong bipartisan support in the House Corrections Division.
Growing effort to restore felons’ right to vote moves ahead in House
The House Subcommittee on Elections approved HF40, sponsored by Rep. Raymond Dehn (DFL-Mpls), that proposes to amend state statute to stipulate that a felon’s voting rights are only lost during their period of incarceration.
Judicial branch asks for more than 6 percent budget increase
The Minnesota Judicial Branch budget request for 2020-20 biennium is $44.7 million, a 6.4 percent increase from the previous biennium.

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Priority Dailies

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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