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Week in Review: April 8-12

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An eventful week wrapped up Friday with the House Ways and Means Committee approving several omnibus bills ahead of midnight’s third committee deadline.

As it did a number of times over the last few days, the committee combined omnibus bills Friday. In this case the omnibus veterans and military affairs finance bill, HF2086, was incorporated into the omnibus state government finance bill, HF1935.

House leaders say this is being done to better align the bills with legislation expected to emerge from the Senate’s committee structure.

Committee members also approved the omnibus tax bill, HF2125.

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Recent Dailies

Omnibus health and human services finance bill gets division approval
The omnibus health and human services finance bill isn’t perfect, but many members of the House Health and Human Services Finance Division expressed their pride in it before it was approved 11-7 late Friday night.
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'Driver's licenses for all' bill passes House
The House on Friday passed a measure that would allow immigrants to obtain a Minnesota driver’s license whether or not they are in the country legally.
Public safety panel adds gun-control provisions before approving omnibus bill
The expected showdown on gun-control legislation materialized Thursday evening during markup of the omnibus public safety and criminal justice reform finance bill.
Transportation division green-lights omnibus bill with gas tax, sales tax hikes
The House’s omnibus transportation finance bill — legislation that would inject billions of new dollars into the state’s roads, bridges and transit, and includes a hike in the state’s gas tax — passed its first test Thursday.
Omnibus jobs bill approved and sent to House Ways and Means Committee
A lot of good programs and limited funds to support them led to tough decisions crafting and approving the House’s omnibus jobs and economic development finance bill Thursday night.
House passes bill to help reunify families, now to Senate
Parents who have lost custody of their children could be granted the right to petition the court for reunification, except in cases of “egregious harm.”
Omnibus environment bill gets division OK; heads to House Ways and Means Committee
The House Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division voted Thursday to approve the omnibus environment and natural resources bill.
Tuition freeze part of unveiled omnibus higher education finance bill
Increased funding for the state’s public colleges and universities and a possible tuition freeze for their students are part of the omnibus higher education finance bill that was unveiled Thursday.
Omnibus public safety bill headed for gun-control showdown
A late addition could make for a controversial future for the omnibus public safety and criminal justice reform finance bill.

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