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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 would mandate move toward carbon-free electricity by 2050
Since the 2007 Next Generation Energy Act was signed into law, Minnesota has been increasing its use of renewable energy sources for electricity. But a bill heard Tuesday would look further into the future and require that 100 percent of the state’s electricity come from carbon-free sources by 2050.
House panel advances bill giving tax credits to employers who hire veterans
Employers could be provided an income tax credit for hiring disabled or unemployed veterans.
Bill proposes additional funds to stem growing struggle for some to access healthy food
Because access for healthy food can be limited for some Minnesotans, additional funding is being sought for the Good Food Access Program.
School lunch participation solid, but breakfast program lags
Lawmakers are briefed on the implementation of the federal Health Hunger-Free Kids Act in Minnesota.
State’s colleges and universities seek more than $380 million for capital projects
The University of Minnesota and Minnesota State system are seeking nearly $400 million combined for capital improvements.
House committee hears pair of bills aimed at helping lessen load of student debt
HF502 would make the state’s student loan tax credit — which reduces a payer’s tax liability by up to $500 —into a refundable credit.
Bill would extend time limits to establish non-paternity
HF561 would standardize time limits to establish non-paternity and would clarify what factors a court must consider when determining non-paternity.
State funding could help more people escape cycle of payday loan debt
When Missy Juliette of White Bear Lake became a single mother two and a half years ago, it looked like she was going to be OK. But then her son’s social security survivor benefi...
Committee deadlines for 2019 unveiled
Legislators and the public officially know the timeline for getting bills through the committee process.
Starting Line: Addressing Greater Minnesota’s childcare provider shortage
As a father of two children, Rep. Jeff Brand (DFL-St. Peter) knows how difficult it can be to find quality child care options. It’s an issue that parents face statewide, but som...

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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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