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COVID-19: What's been done, is being done and could be done by House 

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Under different circumstances, the State Office Building would have a flurry of activity, with dozens and dozens of bills being heard and acted upon in anticipation of the first committee deadline this Friday.

Instead, public activity has ceased and the Capitol Complex is quiet in response to the spreading coronavirus pandemic. To date, 37 days into the 2020 legislative session, five bills have made it across the finish line, while several other high priorities are left in limbo. The session must end by May 18.

So far, lawmakers have passed a couple of big items, including a law that provides $50 million in funding for the Rural Finance Authority. The program provides loans to farmers to weather through tough financial times or invest in improvements.   

The state’s Disaster Contingency Account also received a boost with a $30 million appropriation in fiscal year 2020, to provide immediate funding to cities, counties, townships and tribal governments to help cover the cost of natural disasters.

Most notably, however, were a pair of significant spending packages aimed at combating the COVID-19 public health crisis. Read more at Session Daily

Live Video

Event Schedule

WEDNESDAY: House Transportation Finance and Policy Division (Remote Hearing)
Wednesday, June 3 2020 12:45 PM
Watch: Live Event
Also available on Facebook Live: .
• This meeting held in accordance with House Rule 10.01 •.
Department of Vehicle Services May 2020 Plan to Address CDL & Class D Road Test Backlogs.
Public testimony.
- This interim hearing is informational only; no official action will be taken.
If you would like to testify, please email the Committee Administrator at and copy the Committee Legislative Assistant at before 10am the day of the hearing.
If you have questions about the technology associated with/accessibility of remote hearings, please contact Blake Wilcox by emailing him at or by leaving a message at 651-296-8803; please do not contact him on matters directly related to the agenda.

WEDNESDAY: House Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division (Remote Hearing)
Wednesday, June 3 2020 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
• This meeting held in accordance with House Rule 10.01 •.
Overview of COVID-19 Small Business Grants program.
Informational hearing on unemployment insurance benefits for 18-year-old high school students.
Informational hearing on shared work plan legislation.
Presentation from Department of Labor and Industry and OSHA on status of Minnesota workers during COVID-19 Emergency.
- Members of the public with questions about this process or who are interested in testifying at this meeting may email committee staff at or
- If you wish to testify, please contact committee staff at least three hours prior to the start of the remote hearing and they will provide instructions.
- Public testimony will be taken at the end of the presentation, as is custom with in-person hearings.
If you have questions about the accessibility of remote hearings or require an accommodation to view, participate in, or otherwise access a remote hearing, please contact Blake Wilcox by emailing him at or by leaving a message at 651-296-8803.

2021 SESSION: Opening Day of the Ninety-Second Session of the Minnesota Legislature
Tuesday, January 5 2021 12:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Per Minnesota Statute, Chapter 3.011: The 2021 Legislative Session is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

News and Notes

Bill Introductions: HF4693-HF4695

COVID-19 information

The Minnesota House of Representatives has created a web page dedicated to information about the COVID-19 pandemic, including links for resources.

Not running again

The following members have announced they will not seek re-election to the House in 2020: Rep. Hunter Cantrell (DFL-Savage), Rep. Lyndon Carlson Sr. (DFL-Crystal), Rep. Jack Considine Jr. (DFL-Mankato), Rep. Dan Fabian (R-Roseau), Rep. Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont), Rep. Laurie Halverson (DFL-Eagan), Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL-New Brighton), Rep. Ben Lien (DFL-Moorhead), Rep. Tim Mahoney (DFL-St. Paul), Rep. Alice Mann (DFL-Lakeville), Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls), Rep. Duane Sauke (DFL-Rochester), Rep. Bob Vogel (R-Elko New Market) and Rep. Jean Wagenius (DFL-Mpls).

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