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Week in Review: Feb. 18-22

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The long days (and nights) of session have arrived in the House, accompanied by several off-site meetings over the next few days.

In addition to Friday’s transportation division meeting in St. Cloud, and another Tuesday night at North High School in Minneapolis, the education finance division has a meeting this afternoon in Windom, while the public safety division is planning a Wednesday evening meeting with the time and location still pending.

At least one House committee, subcommittee or division evening meeting is scheduled next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

But before we look ahead, however, let’s look back at what you may have missed this week.

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Recent Dailies

'Breakfast after the Bell' program would increase student access to first meal of the day
A plan to provide state aid to bolster school breakfast programs was held over Thursday by the House Education Finance Division for possible omnibus bill inclusion.
Judges might be able to reduce court costs for low-income people
Showing “undue hardship” to a judge may be able to lower a person’s court costs. Under current law anyone appearing in criminal or traffic court must pay a $75 surcharge to ...
Resolution for State funeral to honor World War II veterans moves forward
A House panel approved a bill that proposes a resolution calling on the president and Congress to authorize a state funeral when the last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II dies.
Bill looks to promote and support volunteerism in Minnesota
HF263 would appropriate $500,000 to the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administrators to allow the organization to help groups around the state use best practices in volunteer programs.
Proposed legislation could ban conversion therapy
HF12 would prohibit conversion therapy conversion therapy — also known as 'reparative therapy' — for vulnerable adults and anyone under the age of 18.
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.

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Priority Dailies

Committee deadlines for 2019 unveiled
Legislators and the public officially know the timeline for getting bills through the committee process.
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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