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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



Lawmakers consider proposal for grain bin safety app



Walz unveils lean supplemental budget proposal in face of virus uncertainty



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



Lawmakers consider toughest robocall regulations in the nation



New post-conviction relief exception sought for those facing deportation



Business development funds could expand programs, connect Greater Minnesota



Education division considers funding changes to Head Start programs


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


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


Division considers proposal to reduce youngest learners’ device usage



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



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



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


Air polluters would get more scrutiny under bill


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



House leaders announce package of COVID-19 preparedness legislation


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


Emergency powers, loan program sought for COVID-19 response


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


PCA program changes could lead to increased wages, improved outcomes



What is pharmacogenomics? Maybe a life saver


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



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



Bill aims to speed support to homeless veterans



Bill aims to ensure constitutional rights of county jail inmates


Disaster Assistance Contingency Account funds head to governor

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


Lawmaker wants more DWI offenders to use ignition interlock



House committee, workplace changes to be implemented

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

Fabian will not seek re-election



Volunteering to drive may become a more tax-friendly task


Could the state expand free tax filing options?



Requirements for railway safety inspection program head to House Floor


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

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