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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.

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AGRICULTURE

Agriculture policy set to finish first as conferees reach agreement

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13965

 

BUDGET

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13971

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13970

 

Lawmakers may burn the midnight oil as budget talks continue

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13964

 

Republicans, DFL make counteroffers but budget negotiations stall

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13960

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13957

 

EMPLOYMENT

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13958

 

ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Where will the Legacy money go? Conference committee starts talking

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13969

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13962

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Pharmacy benefit manager oversight agreement approved in conference committee

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13967

 

Conference committee begins work on bill to improve PBM oversight

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13961

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Gun measures fail first votes in public safety conference committee

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13963

 

Jurisdictional restrictions on tribal police could be removed

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13959

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13968

 

TRANSPORTATION

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13966


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