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Week in Review: March 9-13

House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, from left, House Speaker Melissa Hortman and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt confer Monday before the House passed SF3813, which would provide $20.9 million for the response to COVID-19. Photo by Paul Battaglia

Unusual and unpredictable don’t even begin to describe all that’s happened this week. Regular House business increasingly gave way to meetings about COVID-19 and the issues that accompany the virus, at the Capitol and far beyond.

The week ended with all House business postponed until after an 11 a.m. floor session on Monday, March 16.

Legislative leaders are said to be in close contact with Gov. Tim Walz about the days ahead, and more should soon be known about what the Legislature will do, and when. But when circumstances change quickly, plans do too. So please stay up-to-date on House news at Session Daily.

But before we look ahead, here’s one last look at the past week. And check out the latest gallery from House Photography.

WATCH Weekly recap on our YouTube channel

 

AGRICULTURE

Lawmakers consider proposal for grain bin safety app

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15195

 

BUDGET

Walz unveils lean supplemental budget proposal in face of virus uncertainty

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15196

 

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE

Want a plastic straw? Under House bill, you'll have to ask

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15187

 

CONSUMERS

Lawmakers consider toughest robocall regulations in the nation

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15181

 

CIVIL LAW

New post-conviction relief exception sought for those facing deportation

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15188

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Business development funds could expand programs, connect Greater Minnesota

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15174

 

EDUCATION

Education division considers funding changes to Head Start programs

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15197

 

Students may have more opportunities to participate in service-learning activities

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15192

 

Proposal would explicitly prohibit schools from using seclusion as a disciplinary practice

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15183

 

Division considers proposal to reduce youngest learners’ device usage

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15177

 

EMPLOYMENT

Bill aims to close gender wage gap by banning employers from asking about past salaries

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15198

 

ENERGY

Renewable energy funding bill emerges; electric vehicle rebates OK’d

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15176

 

ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Panel endorses $7 million in funding for Clean Water Fund projects

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15199

 

Air polluters would get more scrutiny under bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15179

 

House water panel considers council to help get the lead out of Minnesota water

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15169

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

House leaders announce package of COVID-19 preparedness legislation

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15189

 

Allowing raw cannabis could help state's budding medical program cut cost, increase access

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15184

 

Emergency powers, loan program sought for COVID-19 response

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15175

 

Lawmakers rush funding to governor's desk to fight COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15171

 

PCA program changes could lead to increased wages, improved outcomes

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15170

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

What is pharmacogenomics? Maybe a life saver

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15191

 

Requiring prorated rents could ensure college students get what they pay for

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15185

 

HOUSING

Advocates call for funding increase to address rise in MN homeless population

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15193

 

MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

Bill aims to speed support to homeless veterans

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15182

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Bill aims to ensure constitutional rights of county jail inmates

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15201

 

Disaster Assistance Contingency Account funds head to governor

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15200
 

Short-term sentenced offenders could remain in county jail, not go to prison

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15186

 

Lawmaker wants more DWI offenders to use ignition interlock

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15180

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

House committee, workplace changes to be implemented

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15204

Walz wants quick action on COVID-19 response package as Legislature to remain open

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15202

Fabian will not seek re-election

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15172

 

TAXES

Volunteering to drive may become a more tax-friendly task

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15194

 

Could the state expand free tax filing options?

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15173

 

TRANSPORTATION

Requirements for railway safety inspection program head to House Floor

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15190

 

Following cities’ lead, Minnesota counties could set own speed limits

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15178


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