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Week in Review: May 13-17

Gov. Tim Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan head for negotiations with Senate Republican leaders May 14. Photo by Paul Battaglia

Last week at this time it was hoped the fishing opener would provide Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders the opportunity to work out their budget differences.

One week later the budget negotiations continue, but observers have little idea what, if any, progress has been made over the last seven days toward an agreement that would allow the 2019 legislative session to end on time.

With 72 hours and change remaining until Monday’s midnight deadline, the prospects for a special session grow. But while we await further news, let’s look back at some of the stories you may have missed from the past 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.



Agriculture policy set to finish first as conferees reach agreement



With three days to go and no budget deal, special session looks more likely


Lawmakers, governor quiet as budget negotiations continue — and deadline draws near


Lawmakers may burn the midnight oil as budget talks continue


Republicans, DFL make counteroffers but budget negotiations stall


A week to go and still no state budget deal between DFL, Republican leaders



House panel OKs study that would examine impacts of $15 per hour minimum wage



Where will the Legacy money go? Conference committee starts talking


Natural resources policy begins to take shape, budget targets remain elusive



Pharmacy benefit manager oversight agreement approved in conference committee


Conference committee begins work on bill to improve PBM oversight



Gun measures fail first votes in public safety conference committee


Jurisdictional restrictions on tribal police could be removed



State disaster contingency account: Five years of eliminating emergency special sessions



House OKs two-person crew requirement on state’s railways

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