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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

Labor committee delivers warehouse worker safety bill to its next destination
Approved Thursday by the House Labor and Industry Finance and Policy Committee on an 8-4 party-line vote, HF36 now heads to the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee.
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.
Proposed office would address ‘disturbing trend’ of missing, murdered Black women and girls
Rep. Ruth Richardson (DFL-Mendota Heights) says there is an “unacceptable crisis” in the state’s Black population.
Second abortion rights bill gains House committee approval
The DFL’s second bill aimed at reproductive rights received its first approval. Sponsored by Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester), HF91, as amended, would repeal certain abort...
Bill to simplify marriage dissolution name change headed to House Floor
A divorce is both an ending and a beginning. That new path forward can include a name change, something Rep. Jessica Hanson (DFL-Burnsville) wants to simplify. Currently...
More than $30 million could be available to address child care crisis
Child care access and affordability were challenges for families long before the COVID-19 pandemic, as were workforce shortages and profitability for providers. But for many...
Testifiers urge MN lawmakers to act fast on federal funds for road construction
Though winter seems firmly entrenched, Minnesota’s second season of road construction is fast approaching.
No-cost school meals for all students clears first committee
Many students are going hungry in Minnesota schools. HF5, a proposal heard Wednesday in the House Education Policy Committee, is an attempt to rectify that pressing concern by i...
House environment panel advances ‘Lawns to Legumes’ pollinator program
Legislators are seeking to continue a groundbreaking program to grow bee habitats. Minnesota’s Lawns to Legumes program offers grants and technical assistance to establish p...
House passes CROWN Act prohibiting discrimination based on hair
Hair discrimination is a proxy for racial discrimination, Rep. Esther Agbaje (DFL-Mpls) said on the House Floor Wednesday. She spoke about the many times she has felt pressu...

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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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