It was a big week for big issues in the House of Representatives. Members debated measures meant to address housing shortages, early childhood education, farm safety, climate change, transportation safety and elections security, to name a few.
And a number of major bills have already navigated through the committee process and could soon be back on the House Floor, including the background checks on gun transfers HF8), “red flag” HF9) and emergency insulin HF3100) bills.
WATCH A look back at the week
The coming week may see additional evening meetings as members will have a 24-hour break beginning at noon Tuesday in order to attend precinct caucus events around the state. However, meetings are still scheduled for Tuesday morning and set to resume at 12:45 Wednesday afternoon. But before we look ahead, here’s one more look at the last week.
Ag safety advocates say farming has changed — now state law needs to
Lawmakers want state better prepared for animal disease outbreaks
Minnesota State, U of M lay out bonding priorities
BUSINESS & COMMERCE
With drug prices stretching patients thin, lawmakers pitch commission to help control prices
House bill targets ICE agreements with Minnesota county jails
More privacy protections proposed for data from school-issued tech devices
Early childhood division OKs ‘Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act’
‘Increase Teachers of Color Act’ clears education policy committee
Education policy division OKs pair of anti-vaping bills
Early childhood initiatives could get $500 million boost
Ranked-choice voting bill advances in House
House committee approves automatic delivery of absentee ballots
Bill aims to stop forcing women to 'choose between their careers and their children'
Nearly $200 million in grants and rebates focus of climate change proposal
‘Coal holiday bill’ would make seasonal shutdowns possible
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Experts detail advance of ash borer before House panel
Task force proposed to tackle problems posed by 'forever chemicals' in state's groundwater
What are Minnesota officials doing about ‘forever chemicals’ in foam and fish?
GAME AND FISH
Disposal critical in fight against chronic wasting disease, lawmakers hear
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
For parents in public with a diaper to change, relief could be on way
Senior safety improvements reported to House Long-Term Care Division
To close funding gap, Minnesota State seeks $54 million
$500 million in bonds proposed to create, maintain affordable housing statewide
Bill allowing judges to consider parental status in sentencing heads to House Floor
'Finally, victims will have justice' — House panel hears bill requiring rape kits be tested
Bill to limit police use of drones heads to House Floor
Starting Line: Proposal puts onus on “no gun zone” property owners
To help stem wave of opioid overdoses, partnership seeks state funds to step up awareness
Committee deadlines likely to be pushed back in bid for more time
Worried about tax law changes? Relax, Revenue is on it
Local governments seek House OK for tax-raising referenda
House division OKs pilot transit ambassador program in effort to boost safety on trains