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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

Bill to toughen penalties for wage theft advances in House
HF6 would increase penalties on employers who engage in wage theft, give the Department of Labor and Industry the power to issue subpoenas, and create a gross misdemeanor if the wage theft is significant.
Technology the focus Minnesota State’s funding request
Minnesota State is requesting $37 million over the next biennium to begin replacing its Integrated Statewide Record System with something more mobile-friendly, efficient, effective and secure.
State’s disaster assistance account is running on empty
House panel is briefed on the state’s disaster assistance contingency account and a series of 2018 disasters that left no corner of the state unscathed.
Bill would increase funds for English language learners
HF448 would significantly increase English language learner funding to provide for more extensive services, cover districts’ unfunded ELL costs.
Reimbursement authorization sought for disabilities council members
HF129 would permit public members of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities to receive some compensation and expense reimbursement for their efforts.
Tax-free puppy purchase? Tax exemption for pet adoptions from nonprofit shelters considered
HF312 would provide a sales tax exemption for most purchases and sales by nonprofit animal shelters.
Drug cost hikes could be subject to attorney general's review
Rep. John Lesch (DFL-St. Paul) is sponsoring a bill intended to stop price gouging that can prevent people from getting the medications they need.
Special education providers feeling buried by paperwork
Special education teachers and administrators are commonly finding themselves caught in a whirlwind of processes and paperwork, often taking precedence over serving their high-needs students, officials told lawmakers.
Outdoor heritage bill, appropriation change held over
Appropriations of more than $127 million that would fund dozens of outdoors projects around the state was one focus of Tuesday’s House Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division hearing.
House panel hears bill to reimburse motorists overcharged by much-maligned MNLARS
HF131, sponsored by Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul), would appropriate $2 million to pay back those vehicle owners overcharged for registration fees and taxes by the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System, known as MNLARS.

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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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