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Week in Review: April 4-8

House Speaker Melissa Hortman fields a question during an April 5 news conference where House DFL leaders announced a plan to reduce the costs of child care, housing and prescription drugs for Minnesotans. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

There are times when the pace of work around the Capitol seems to follow a hurry-up-and-wait pattern, while other times things move so swiftly it can be tough to keep up. The last few days have definitely fallen squarely into that latter category.

And the flurry of activity this past week achieved its purpose as many of the session’s major appropriation and finance bills have met today’s third committee deadline to have been acted upon favorably.

But, as a reminder, committee deadlines do not apply to the House Capital Investment, Taxes, Ways and Means, and Rules and Legislative Administration committees.

Up next is the Legislature’s Easter/Passover break, which begins tomorrow, April 9. Members will not resume official House business until April 19, leaving less than five weeks to complete their work by this year’s constitutionally mandated adjournment date, May 23.

Here’s a look back at what you may have missed. Have a good weekend and enjoyable break.

Check out the latest gallery from House Photography and stay up-to-date on House news and updates throughout the week at Session Daily.



House passes $1 million measure to combat avian influenza outbreak


Committee approves omnibus agriculture bill — but more work to be done


House lawmakers unveil ag omnibus bill that features new opportunities for farming, food processing industries



Omnibus commerce bill approved on party-line vote



House panel delivers favorable judgment to omnibus judiciary finance bill


Omnibus bill aims to boost judicial services, public defender compensation



Policy provisions in omnibus commerce bill could prevent theft, strengthen enforcement



Omnibus E-12 education bill moves forward on party-line vote


Education finance panel begins walkthrough of omnibus E-12 education bill



Omnibus bill aiming for ‘equitable economy,’ — minus UI trust fund dollars — gains committee approval


Omnibus labor and industry bill approved on party-line vote


Omnibus workforce bill focuses on worker shortage, wealth gaps



Move to renewables could accelerate under approved climate and energy omnibus bill


Omnibus climate and energy bill targets a ‘clean energy transition’



Omnibus environment and natural resources bill advances on party-line vote


Legacy committee approves omnibus bill with funding boosts for projects across state


Prohibiting PFAS, regulating farmed white-tailed deer key points in omnibus environment bill



House panel OKs bill to expand affordable child care, provide learning opportunities for infants


More affordable, available child care at core of omnibus early childhood bill



$259 million omnibus health finance and policy bill gets committee approval


House human services committee approves wide-ranging omnibus package


Financial details in omnibus health and human services finance bills get first hearing



$100 million in new money, increased college access part of higher ed bill approved by committee


Aim of omnibus higher education bill? Accessible college for all Minnesotans



Divided committee approves omnibus housing bill on party-line vote


Housing supply fixes, financial assistance for homebuyers, renter protections part of omnibus housing bill



Omnibus veterans and military affairs bill receives unanimous committee approval



Divided committee approves amended omnibus public safety package


House public safety panel gives omnibus bill first hearing



Divided panel approves omnibus state government bill that DFLers deem critical, GOP pillories as pork


Plethora of policy, supplemental spending packed into omnibus state government finance and elections bill



Tax bill focused on targeted cuts advances in House


House's omnibus tax bill proposes $1.6 billion in tax cuts, credits



Transportation panel OKs omnibus bill proposing funding boost for state's roads, transit and smaller cities


Now's the time for infrastructure upgrades, House transportation chair says


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