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Week in Review: April 6-9

Scilla flowers bloomed around the State Office Building this week, one of the first signs of spring at the Capitol Complex. Photo by Andrew VonBank

It’s been a busy week leading up to today’s third committee deadline which is something of a milestone each session because it means lawmakers transition from their consistent schedule of weekly meetings to a much less predictable period when long work days are accompanied by the dreaded phrase “recess to the call of the chair.”

After today, the one remaining deadline set in stone is the Legislature’s May 17 adjournment date, and there is a lot of distance that must be bridged between the omnibus finance bills that began moving through the House this week and their Senate companions.

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Long floor sessions likely followed by even longer conference committee hearings lie ahead if the Legislature is to complete its work by then.

But House members were able to cover a lot of ground this week. Here’s one last look at what they did and what you may have missed.

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

 

AGRICULTURE

Despite disagreements, omnibus agriculture bill gains approval

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15896

 

House panel hears broader omnibus agriculture finance bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15882

 

CIVIL LAW
Omnibus judiciary bill advances, amended to add pay increases for judges

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15879

 

Omnibus judiciary bill would provide $1 billion for courts, legal services, human rights department

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15868

 

CONSUMERS

House commerce panel advances omnibus bill aiming to strengthen consumer protections

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15885

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Omnibus workforce bill would fund and restructure economic development programs

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15881

 

EDUCATION

$20.8 billion omnibus education finance bill clears committee on party line vote

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15891

 

Omnibus education finance bill includes hikes in cross subsidy aid, general education funding

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15872

 

EMPLOYMENT
House panel approves omnibus jobs bill ‘supporting workers benefits’

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15898

 

Omnibus labor bill, lauded for worker protections, gains approval

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15888

 

ENERGY

Four hours of debate — and 50 proposed amendments — but climate and energy omnibus approved

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15897

 

Transition to renewable energy the focus of omnibus climate and energy bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15869

 

ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

With amendments added, committee advances omnibus environment bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15892

 

Invasive species, diseases prioritized in omnibus environment and natural resources bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15873

 

FAMILY

Committee OKs omnibus early childhood bill along party lines

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15889

 

Reduced CCAP waitlist, expanded access to early learning scholarships in omnibus bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15884

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Omnibus health finance bill moves along in legislative process

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15899

 

House panel OKs amended omnibus human services finance bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15890

 

Health committee hears good, bad about its omnibus bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15886

 

House human services panel begins review of omnibus HHS bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15870

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

Omnibus higher ed bill gets $200K boost for student mental health, committee approval

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15887

 

Omnibus higher education bill increases funding for institutions, freezes tuition for some

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15876

 

HOUSING

Committee sold on omnibus housing finance and policy bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15880

 

Renters would get additional eviction protections under omnibus housing bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15871

 

LEGACY

Omnibus Legacy bill approved and on its way

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15878

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

House public safety panel approves omnibus bill proposing ‘critical funding and reforms’

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15895

 

Omnibus bill would fund public safety with $1.8 billion

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15874

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

Along party lines, nearly $1 billion omnibus state government bill gets committee approval

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15877

 

Omnibus state government finance bill proposes new spending, numerous elections changes

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15867

 

TAXES

House committee approves omnibus tax bill with higher rates for high earners

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15893

 

A fifth tier, exempting unemployment and PPP – it all adds up in omnibus tax bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15875

 

TRANSPORTATION

Amended omnibus transportation bill approved along party lines

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15894

 

Transportation bill calls for increased funding, some additional taxes

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/15883

 


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