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Week in Review: April 8-12

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An eventful week wrapped up Friday with the House Ways and Means Committee approving several omnibus bills ahead of midnight’s third committee deadline.

As it did a number of times over the last few days, the committee combined omnibus bills Friday. In this case the omnibus veterans and military affairs finance bill, HF2086, was incorporated into the omnibus state government finance bill, HF1935.

House leaders say this is being done to better align the bills with legislation expected to emerge from the Senate’s committee structure.

Committee members also approved the omnibus tax bill, HF2125.


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Recent Dailies

Proposed study could look at disparities in breastfeeding rates
HF1167 would direct the Health Department to work with community stakeholders to study the barriers, challenges and successes related to breastfeeding and to recommend culturally appropriate practices to address disparities.
Wolf hunt prohibition draws pack of supporters
An offer to display pictures of a calf killed by wolves may not have drawn howls, but groans of displeasure chorused from the audience during Wednesday’s hearing on a proposal t...
School districts could receive a boost in general education revenue
HF882 would increase the general education basic formula allowance for school districts by 3 percent per year for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021.
Does Minnesota's research tax credit pay? Bills propose streamlining the process to help
A pair of bills are focused on streamlining the filing process for claiming the research and development tax credit
Is the legislature accessible to all? Proposed working group would take closer look
HF1962 would establish a working group of 12 legislative employees to look into accessibility needs when it comes to the House and Senate.
Weaving sustainability into carpet could be manufacturers’ responsibility
A bill to expand producer responsibility by requiring they develop and finance a recycling program for used carpeting was laid over Tuesday for possible omnibus bill inclusion by the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division.
Governor’s higher education proposal grows
The governor has increased his budget request for the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities by $25 million over what he proposed Feb. 19.
Free heart screenings could protect student athletes, but policy change needed
Bill would allow health care facilities and charitable organizations to access liability insurance though a volunteer health care provider program if providing free monitoring or screening services.
Funding sought to help more military members get R & R at MSP
HF143 would appropriate $100,000 in Fiscal Year 2020 to the Department of Veterans Affairs for a onetime grant to remodel and expand the Minnesota Armed Forces Center at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Division considers funding increases, changes to Child Care Assistance Program
HF1801 includes includes dozens of provisions that would increase funding for the troubled Child Care Assistance Program, while also aiming to improve its integrity and bring it into federal compliance.

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Budget forecast: Projected surplus drops by almost $500 million, still tops $1 billion
The state has a $1.05 billion projected budget surplus for the upcoming biennium, Minnesota Management and Budget officials announced Thursday.
Walz budget would raise gas tax, emphasize education, health care
Education, health care and community prosperity are key targets for funding in the 2020-21 biennial budget proposed by Gov. Tim Walz.
Committee deadlines for 2019 unveiled
Legislators and the public officially know the timeline for getting bills through the committee process.

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