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Week in Review: April 6-10

Legislators got back to meeting this week — but remotely. Here, Rep. Carlos Mariani, chair of the House public safety division, is pictured during the panel's April 6 meeting via teleconference. Photo by Paul Battaglia

Although behind-the-scenes work has been ongoing, lawmakers began meeting again officially this past week, albeit remotely.

One of the more unusual weeks in legislative history began Sunday night when Gov. Tim Walz delivered his annual State of the State address from his residence, a distancing precaution the Legislature will also follow for the foreseeable future as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Members met in session on Tuesday, then held a series of virtual meetings to discuss other legislation that may move through the process in the days and weeks to come.

They are scheduled to return from Easter/Passover break on Monday when the House Ways and Means Committee meets remotely at 2:45 p.m. to hear officials from Minnesota Management and Budget discuss how the crisis may impact the state’s finances.

The full body is then scheduled to meet in session at noon Tuesday, with most members doing so remotely. Before then, here’s one last look at what you may have missed this 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.

 

CIVIL LAW

Proposed COVID-19 changes would affect marriage, child support and death

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15219

 

COMMERCE

House passes workers’ comp changes for health care workers, first responders with COVID-19

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15216

 

EDUCATION

Education panel considers greater protections for hourly school workers

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15217

 

ELECTIONS

Lawmakers consider temporary changes to election process to address COVID-19 pandemic

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15220

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

House, Senate expected to vote next week on insulin agreement

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15221

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Bill aims to help state limit coronavirus danger to Minnesota's inmates

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15215

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

Remote meeting participation could extend past current emergency

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15223

 

State of the State: Walz urges Minnesotans to stick together during troubling time

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15214

 

TAXES

Bill would give bars and restaurants more leeway on taxes

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15218

 

TRANSPORTATION

Extensions to license, registration deadlines considered in response to pandemic

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15222


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