Another week of virtual meetings are in the books and on the record, with many participants likely glad they could stay home and hunker down to avoid a below-zero blast of arctic air.
With the frigid weather, it was good timing that several House committees heard proposals this week meant to address the state’s housing shortage, including a plan to use housing infrastructure bonds to raise $100 million for new dwellings and rehabbing existing structures. There was also a bill discussed to provide $6 million for workforce housing in Greater Minnesota and a trio of bills to provide additional safeguards for renters.
And other legislation considered during the week would provide homeless people with additional help recovering from medical issues and make it easier for homeless youth to obtain identification.
Those were just a few of the issues considered and acted upon over the past few days, and next week shows no signs of slowing down, although the usual Monday morning meeting of the House Ways and Means Committee is cancelled.
But lawmakers are likely in for a long day anyway with HF445 on the Calendar for the Day, when members gather as a full body at 3:30 p.m. The controversial bill would establish a State Aid for Emergencies account meant to reimburse local governments and state agencies for emergency response costs. Amendments are lined up for discussion.
Be sure to check the weekly schedule for updates on the days ahead, and here’s one last look at what you may have missed last week.
Stay up-to-date on House news and updates throughout the week at Session Daily.
Three House panels hear governor’s plan for big increase in public housing bonding
House judiciary panel hears bill to mandate parenting education in divorce cases
Judges might be able to lower court costs for low-income people
Bill would ensure ‘absolutely essential’ legal counsel to parents at emergency child protection hearings
Commerce panel holds over bill targeted at thefts of catalytic converter
House panel hears bill to fund $3.6 million in Greater MN business development grants
School boards could get authority to renew expiring referendums
Education policy committee approves comprehensive sex ed proposal
School districts could see 2 percent increase in general education revenue
Teachers unions get more say in class sizes, testing frequency under bill OK'd by education committee
Election financing, filing modifications OK'd for Hennepin County
Clean Energy First Act headed to House Floor — for third year in a row
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Federal funds would flow to conservation-minded landowners under bill
Minnesota's turtle harvest could be permanently banned
Committee OKs $4 million toward Greater MN child care needs
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Pilot project considered to increase support for parents with disability
‘Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act’ aims to reduce disparities impacting mothers and babies
Work could shift from paperwork to patients with consistent standards in mental health services
As fight against pandemic continues, lawmakers consider making mask mandate state law
Reforms to child care program are yielding results, committee hears
Health panel considers bills shifting responsibility for anti-tobacco efforts to state agency
Proposal would provide Greater MN $6 million for workforce housing
Homeless youth would have easier time getting ID under approved bill
Committee OKs trio of bills that would add new safeguards for MN renters
Additional services considered to support medical recovery for homeless Minnesotans
Lawmakers ask whether Minnesotans of color served well by Legacy funds
Builder or local government — who pays for development-related transportation upgrades? Division OK’s bill to clarify
MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS
MN VA could gain new position aimed at public outreach
‘We need to have their backs’ – more help for firefighters with cancer, heart disease under Hometown Heroes program
Public safety panel hears bill to train police to deal with people with dementia
Bill creating $35 million fund to reimburse mutual aid costs heads to Floor
House subcommittee hears GOP plan to end peacetime emergency restrictions
Sound the siren, committee approves state fire museum designation
Private or public? Bill would scratch off public disclosure of lottery winners' names
House panel approves bill to add $30 million to disaster assistance contingency account
Push for tax transparency gets some pushback
Proposed website would let Minnesotans see their tax dollars at work
Easing entry into ignition interlock program could make MN roads safer, lawmakers say