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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.

 

AGRICULTURE

House passes $1 million measure to combat avian influenza outbreak

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17382

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17372

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17354

 

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE

Omnibus commerce bill approved on party-line vote

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17377

 

CIVIL LAW

House panel delivers favorable judgment to omnibus judiciary finance bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17378

 

Omnibus bill aims to boost judicial services, public defender compensation

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17357

 

CONSUMERS

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17367

 

EDUCATION

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17371

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17355

 

EMPLOYMENT

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17373

 

Omnibus labor and industry bill approved on party-line vote

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17365

 

Omnibus workforce bill focuses on worker shortage, wealth gaps

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17356

 

ENERGY

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17381

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17359

 

ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17383

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17368

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17361

 

FAMILY

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17380

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17360

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17388

 

House human services committee approves wide-ranging omnibus package

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17387

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17375

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17374

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17366

 

HOUSING

Divided committee approves omnibus housing bill on party-line vote

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17370

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17358

 

MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

Omnibus veterans and military affairs bill receives unanimous committee approval

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17376

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Divided committee approves amended omnibus public safety package

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17385

 

House public safety panel gives omnibus bill first hearing

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17364

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17379

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17369

 

TAXES

Tax bill focused on targeted cuts advances in House

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17384

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17362

 

TRANSPORTATION

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17386

 

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

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17363

 


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