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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.



Despite disagreements, omnibus agriculture bill gains approval


House panel hears broader omnibus agriculture finance bill


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


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



House commerce panel advances omnibus bill aiming to strengthen consumer protections



Omnibus workforce bill would fund and restructure economic development programs



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


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


House panel approves omnibus jobs bill ‘supporting workers benefits’


Omnibus labor bill, lauded for worker protections, gains approval



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


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



With amendments added, committee advances omnibus environment bill


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



Committee OKs omnibus early childhood bill along party lines


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



Omnibus health finance bill moves along in legislative process


House panel OKs amended omnibus human services finance bill


Health committee hears good, bad about its omnibus bill


House human services panel begins review of omnibus HHS bill



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


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



Committee sold on omnibus housing finance and policy bill


Renters would get additional eviction protections under omnibus housing bill



Omnibus Legacy bill approved and on its way



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


Omnibus bill would fund public safety with $1.8 billion



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


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



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


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



Amended omnibus transportation bill approved along party lines


Transportation bill calls for increased funding, some additional taxes


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