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Final Week in Review: May 10 – May 18

House Speaker Melissa Hortman confers with Chief Clerk Pat Murphy during the House floor session May 15. Photo by Paul Battaglia

The 2020 regular legislative session came to an end in the early hours of May 18 as the House and Senate each adjourned sine die.

But lawmakers are far from finished with their work, as bonding, additional funding to battle COVID-19 and taxes are major issues that remain unresolved. There is already talk of a June special session and legislative leaders will be back at work Tuesday, when the recently formed Select Committee on Minnesota’s Pandemic Response and Rebuilding has a 12:30 p.m. meeting scheduled.

What happens next is anyone’s guess, but here’s what happened over the last week of the session.

Check out the latest gallery from House Photography and stay up-to-date on House news and updates throughout the week at Session Daily.

 

AGRICULTURE

House gives farmers, lenders more time to prevent foreclosures, repos

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15323

 

Omnibus supplemental agriculture finance bill receives unanimous House approval

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15322

 

House passes omnibus agriculture policy bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15312

 

BONDING

$2 billion bonding bill falls six votes short in House

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15331

 

$2 billion bonding bill headed for House Floor vote

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15311

 

CIVIL LAW

House unanimously passes omnibus judiciary civil policy bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15321

 

Banks and credit unions could have more tools to protect vulnerable adults

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15320

 

House gives OK to changes in harassment laws deemed unconstitutional

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15314

 

EDUCATION

House passes omnibus education policy bill that includes anti-vaping measures

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15340

 

EMPLOYMENT

House passes bill allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to operate amusement rides

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15325

 

ENERGY

Fluorescents are out and LEDs in, if House-approved bill becomes law

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15335

 

Solar power, net zero goal part of omnibus energy package that passes House

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15330

 

Cleaner, cheaper energy the aim of energy package passed in House

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15309

 

Pared down Renewable Development Account bill headed to floor

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15306

 

ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Wide-ranging environment policy, spending bill passed by House

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15336

 

More than $100m OK’d for conservation projects in omnibus legacy bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15329

 

Minneapolis neighborhood takes fight with city to Legislature

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15326

 

Minnesota a signature away from becoming first state to ban TCE

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15319

 

Revised Legacy bill heads to House floor

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15310

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

House passes omnibus health care bill, sends it back to Senate

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15333

 

House OK's amended COVID-19 Minnesota Fund deadline extension

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15313

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

Omnibus higher education policy bill heads to governor

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15337

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Cities and counties could receive part of more than $600 million in COVID relief

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15324

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

‘Modest’ public safety, corrections policy bill OK’d in House

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15338

 

Early release, more rape kit testing part of $22 million public safety bill OK'd in House

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15332

 

Ways and means committee adds appropriation amounts to public safety COVID-19 bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15318

 

Limitations on drone use, electronic warrants by law enforcement clear House

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15317

 

House gives OK to bill mandating how cops conduct photo lineups

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15315

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

Socially distant but emotionally resonant — retirement speeches highlight friendships, look to future

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15342

 

As session ends, Legislature leaves much unresolved — but leaders say that could yet change

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15341

 

House approves adding hair provisions to definition of race in Human Rights Act

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15328

 

State grant extension due to COVID-19 gets passed by House

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15327

 

Select committee formed to continue work on pandemic response following session

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15316

 

Pay raises are part of state employee contracts passed by a divided House

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15308

 

The year the House was tied, and how the two parties made peace … until they didn’t

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15307

 

TRANSPORTATION

Soon-to-expire MN driver’s licenses get reprieve under transportation package headed to governor

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15334


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