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Week in Review: March 15-19

If long days at the Legislature are taking their toll, take heart because you can choose from several reasons to celebrate this weekend. Today is the second committee deadline and it’s also the last official day of winter. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, nearly 60 degrees and, with last week’s time change, you’ll have an hour more daylight to enjoy it.

Committee activity is also beginning to wind down as the meeting schedule next week — for now — is notably lighter than it has been for the last month or so. But there is plenty going on Monday with two meetings (the capital investment committee and property tax division) that begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by the ways and means committee at 10:30 a.m.

There are three more meetings planned after lunch, all at 1 p.m. The agriculture committee has four bills on its agenda including HF670 that would ban the sale and use of chlorpyrifos. The health finance and policy committee is scheduled to hear three bills including HF2113 which would establish requirements for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and the workforce committee is to hear two bills that include HF1342, the omnibus workforce and business development finance bill.

There is also the usual Monday 3:30 p.m. floor session, and three bills on the Calendar for the Day.

House budget targets are scheduled to be unveiled Tuesday.

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



Regulations on small meat processors catering to hunters could be eliminated


Meat inspections, pesticide management would get boost under omnibus agriculture finance bill



Grants to counties could assist small businesses in recovery from COVID-19



Interpreter pay increase aims to assist in assuring court system fairness



State officials, lawmakers give Launch Minnesota program A+ on mid-term report card


'Long-standing structural inequities' the target of Women of Color Opportunity Act


Economic development panel OKs $120 million for rural broadband expansion


$15 million in matching funds proposed for minority-owned businesses



Sanneh Foundation mentoring program could receive ongoing state funding


Grant program aims to support young adults with learning differences and autism


Educators paying out-of-pocket for school supplies could get additional tax relief


Seeking to aid post-COVID catch-up, House panel approves summer school funding bill


Eligibility for substitute teaching licenses could be expanded


Candidates with ‘reasonable fear’ may be able to keep their home address private


DFL lawmaker renews push to ensure disabled workers earn minimum wage


Benefits for injured police officers would be studied under bill advancing in House



Natural gas utilities could go local with alternative sources


Lawmakers seek way to soften blow of spikes in price of natural gas


Closed landfills could go solar if pilot project flies



Funding boost requested to fill statewide gaps in mental health services


DFL bill to cap copays on drugs for chronic diseases clears committee along party lines


Teachers included in proposed funding increase for school-linked mental health grants



Lawmakers elect four new U of M regents during joint House, Senate session



Single-family home repair funds could be allocated to rural cities


Bill could boost temporary housing program for low-income people with mental illnesses



Public safety panel OKs measure to keep parolees out of jail for minor probation violations


House passes bill to permit MN to enforce Canadian orders for protection


Working group urged to study training practices, certification for 911 dispatchers


Bill would boost ‘woefully inadequate’ funds for crime victims by $8 million



Minnesota Zoo could get another state funding boost


Tourism businesses could receive grants to help with post-pandemic marketing



Long-standing partnership between state, tribal nations could become state law



Whether you rent or own your home, your tax refund could grow


State lawmakers could make four MN tax credits bigger — and simpler



Committee considers a boost in funding — and a revamp — to Corridors of Commerce program


New proposal targets drivers who ignore school bus stop-arms



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