From Sunday’s State of the State address by Gov. Tim Walz, to today’s sixth floor session of the week, it has been a busy and eventful last few days.
All of that time was needed for an agreement to finally be reached on two of this session’s most pressing issues: replenishing the state’s unemployment trust fund to avoid tax increases for businesses, and payments to frontline workers who risked their lives during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The House Ways and Means Committee was busy turning large omnibus bills into larger ones to better match similar work in the Senate and the full body had a number of long debates as many of those bills were eventually passed off the House Floor.
That work is scheduled to continue Tuesday.
Have a good weekend and here’s a look back at what you may have missed over the last few days.
Omnibus agriculture, broadband and housing package passed by House
Liquor, sports betting bills receive bipartisan committee support
Panel OKs omnibus jobs, economic development bill that includes paid family leave
House passes omnibus early childhood, E-12 education package
House repasses conference committee agreement on UI trust fund, frontline worker pay bill
House passes bill to replenish UI trust fund, provide checks to frontline workers
Legislative leaders announce deal on UI trust fund, worker pay
How could climate change affect Minnesota? Study offers details
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Lengthy discussion ends with House passing omnibus environment, natural resources bill
Omnibus Legacy bill passed by House, off to the Senate
Omnibus environment and natural resources bill moves to House Floor
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Proposed legislation would require coverage for infertility treatment
Omnibus health and human services supplemental funding bill gains committee approval, moves to House Floor
House gives omnibus higher education bill a passing grade
Elect Met Council members? Local government panel likes the idea
Divided House passes omnibus judiciary and public safety bill, sends it back to Senate
Combined judiciary, public safety omnibus bill heads to House Floor
Full speed ahead: House gives green light to four-part omnibus bill
State of the State returns to the Capitol as Walz touts ideas for the projected surplus
Bill full of targeted tax cuts heads to the House Floor