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Week in Review: March 8-12

You’ll lose an hour of sleep but also an hour of evening darkness this weekend as daylight saving time begins bright and early (2 a.m.) Sunday morning. So don’t forget to set the clock ahead one hour Saturday night.

On the other hand, if you work in the House you may want to unplug that clock and sleep for as long as possible. With the first committee deadline at hand and the second one next Friday – by when committees must act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other house – long meetings and longer days are now the norm.

That won’t change come Monday when the House and Senate plan to gather together at 6 p.m to elect members of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. It will be the second meeting of the full House that day, as members also have their usual Monday 3:30 p.m. floor session, although there are no bills on the Calendar for the Day.

Stay up-to-date on House news and updates throughout the week at Session Daily.

But before next week arrives, here’s one more look at what you may have missed this week:



Farmers could receive grants to start co-ops under House proposal


Seeking to boost state's cottage food industry, sales cap could be increased fourfold



State lawmakers consider ‘coordinated effort’ to help communities when power plants shutter



Omnibus education policy bill clears committee along party lines


Proposal would support the Girl Scouts ConnectZ program


Early Learning Scholarship program would be fully funded under proposal


House committee begins work on omnibus education policy bill


Proposal aims to expand students’ access to support personnel


Rural school districts could receive more transportation aid to help offset busing costs


House lawmakers consider amending MN constitution to guarantee all kids a ‘quality public education’



Legislation would bar preemptive shifting of negligence-related legal expenses to subcontractors


Legislation proposes raising bar on training requirements for contract labor at state's refineries


House panel digs bill aiming to fund online heavy equipment courses



Increased use of biofuels and electric vehicles the focus of Future Fuels Act


Community solar programs could become more widely available under House bills



Watercraft fee increase resurfaces in House panel


Additional emissions data on large polluters could be provided to PCA


Legacy committee hears $127 million proposal for Outdoor Heritage Fund


Some lawmakers don't think pink passes muster on hunters, look to change 2017 law



Kinship foster families need more support, advocates say — committee considers how to provide it


Lawmakers consider boost to MN's child care assistance reimbursement rates



Duplicative licensing efforts the target of ‘alternative licensing inspection’ proposal


Dental home pilot projects could offer alternatives for public health program enrollees


Lawmaker seeks ‘overdue’ cash assistance for MFIP families


Elimination of copays for HIV drugs could help end spread of disease



Facing 'instability and struggle,' grant program could assist students in foster care in quest for college



Housing panel OKs plan to extend eviction ban beyond emergency pandemic order


Bill proposes $10 million for matching grants to local housing trust funds



Competitive bidding change aims to help more small and veteran-owned businesses


Municipal street improvement districts green-lighted by House division


Duluth, Rochester get committee OK for park dedication fee on new development



Emergency medical personnel could be allowed to help K-9s injured in line of duty


Limits on ‘no-knock’ warrants advance to House Floor


Bill would permit more data to be added to police misconduct database


Public safety panel OKs plan to expand state's ignition interlock program



Statutory gainsharing program could get heave-ho


A touchdown for taxpayers? Excess stadium reserve dollars could be funneled into payoff fund



Five years too tight for TIF? How about 10


House division approves $1.50 per pack cigarette tax hike


Extra unemployment benefits may not be taxed after all



Updates to cycling laws headed to House Floor


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