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Week in Review: Jan. 23-27

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Another lengthy floor session wrapped up another busy week in the House. Members debated for more than seven hours before passing HF7 that would require utilities in the state to produce electricity from entirely carbon-free sources by 2040.

The House also passed proposed legislation that would require state officials to include inflation on both sides of the ledger when making budget forecasts.

Another controversial bill is scheduled on the Calendar for the Day Monday, meaning another extended floor session could occur. HF4 would allow people to get a driver’s license or state identification card without proof of legal presence in the United States.

Monday’s schedule also includes a morning meeting of the House Ways and Means Committee and afternoon gatherings of the capital investment, human services and veterans panels, as well as a joint hearing of the commerce and health committees

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Recent Dailies

Political spending by ‘foreign-influenced’ corporations in MN elections could be curtailed under bill
The consensus among testifiers and members at a Wednesday hearing is too much money exists in elections that cannot easily be tracked — if at all. Rep. Zack Stephenson (DFL-...
Evictions on the rise in MN— a crisis ‘bigger than before’ the pandemic, committee hears
Rachael Sterling, a housing attorney at HOME Line, told the House Housing Finance and Policy Committee Tuesday that the eviction crisis didn’t start when the eviction moratorium phaseout expired in 2022.
House labor committee advances plan to give all Minnesotans paid sick leave
Nearly two-thirds of Minnesota workers have access to paid sick time. If enacted, HF19 would extend this benefit to the rest of the workforce.
House committee accepts recommendations on environmental trust fund spending
Projects ranging from fighting rock slime, to using lichens as air-quality monitors, to building new trails would get funding, under a bill approved by a House panel. Sponso...
Taxpayer receipt touted as a tool of transparency
Would you like a receipt with that? Whether you’re buying a bagel or a soda, you’ve probably been asked that question. But have you ever been offered a receipt that details ...
House panel hears bill to expand bias crime laws, improve incident reporting
The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic brought with it a rise in hateful incidents, including hate crimes, directed at people of Asian descent, says Rep. Samantha Vang (DFL-Bro...
Designated support person for pregnant patients finds bipartisan support
HF52 would amend the Health Care Bill of Rights by establishing the right for pregnant patients to have a designated support person present during health care services.
Judiciary panel OKs bill allowing notaries to perform civil marriages
Rep. John Huot (DFL-Rosemount) said Tuesday that a bill he sponsors to allow notary publics to perform marriages is very personal.
AG’s office seeks funding boost to aid prosecution efforts in Greater MN
Outside the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area, a large percentage of the other 80 county attorney’s offices are little more than mom-and-pop-type operations with the nu...
Week in Review: Jan. 9-13
Whether you celebrate, are superstitious, or don’t care: Happy Friday the 13th. The legislative session’s second week wraps up today with no hearings scheduled. But the past...

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Gov. Walz's proposed budget largest in state history, includes $8 billion in tax cuts
Make Minnesota the best state in our country for kids to grow up. It’s a lofty goal but that was Gov. Tim Walz’ mantra Tuesday during the unveiling of his proposed budget fo...
Legislative leaders set 2023 committee deadlines
Legislators and the public now officially know the timeline for getting bills through the committee process during the 2023 session.

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