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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

With bipartisan support, House passes tax conformity bill
By a 132-0 vote, the House passed HF31, which would bring the state’s tax code into conformity with federal tax law on 46 provisions that have been signed into law by U.S. presidents since 2019.
Week in Review: Jan. 3-6
It was an eventful first week of the 2023 legislative session as members were sworn in and committees met for the first time, even taking action on a couple major issues, all wh...
Bill to codify right to abortion in Minnesota clears first committee hurdle
Sponsored by Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn (DFL-Eden Prairie), HF1 would protect health care choices involving the prevention or termination of a pregnancy.
Judiciary panel OKs bill to amend MN Human Rights Act to prohibit hair discrimination
People in this country and in this state have experienced discrimination at school, at jobs, and elsewhere based solely on the appearance of their naturally occurring hair, acco...
Should inflation be included on both sides of the budget forecast ledger?
Subtraction by addition would provide a clearer picture of the state’s projected $17.6 billion surplus. Plus, what Rep. Zack Stephenson (DFL-Coon Rapids) calls a “budgeting ...
Committee considers what one state can do about climate change
Minnesota's average annual temperature is up 3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1895, while winter lows in the northern third of the state have risen 7.3 degrees Fahrenheit, experts said.
Environment, natural resources committee plays catch-up in approving land-use bill
Playing a little catch-up from last session, the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee sent a land management bill out of committee on its first day.
Tax panel approves federal conformity changes
The House Taxes Committee OK'd HF31, which would conform the Minnesota tax code to several federal changes signed into law since 2019.
DFL leaders, holding all the cards at Capitol, tout their 2023 to-do list
“Many of Minnesotans’ most important priorities were blocked by the Republican-led Senate,” House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) said, referencing the prior two years. “The House would pass fantastic bills only to run into the brick wall of a Republican-led Minnesota Senate.”
House lawmakers gather in St. Paul with swift action expected on at least one priority
After almost three years of most committee meetings and many floor sessions being conducted primarily via teleconferencing due to the pandemic, House members gathered in person once again Tuesday under the increasingly snow-covered dome of the State Capitol.

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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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