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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

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Event Schedule

House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Division (Remote Hearing)
Monday, April 6 2020 12:45 PM
Watch: Live Event
Also available on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/MNHouseInfo/ .
• This meeting will be held in accordance with House Rule 10.01 •.
Agenda: COVID-19 response legislation.
Informational hearing on HFXXX (Mariani) Omnibus Intermediate Emergency COVID-19 Response bill.
- See the DE language, bill summary and amendments on the division's website.
Presentation offered by survivor advocates on COVID-19 effects on survivor advocates.
Presentation offered by local law enforcement on COVID-19 effects on local law enforcement.
Presentation offered by the Corrections Ombudsman on COVID-19 effects on the Department of Corrections.
Public testimony information:.
- Members of the public with questions about this process or who are interested in testifying at this meeting may email committee staff: Jamael.Lundy@house.mn.
- If you wish to testify, please contact committee staff at least one hour prior to the start of the remote hearing and they will provide instructions.
- If you are interested in testifying at this hearing or have feedback you would like to share, please email committee staff: Jamael.Lundy@house.mn.
• The Minnesota House of Representatives is currently working on establishing the processes and technology that allow remote hearings to be held that are accessible to the public; we expect many refinements to come over the coming weeks; thank you for your patience as we adapt.

House Education Finance Division (Remote Hearing)
Tuesday, April 7 2020 9:45 AM
Watch: Live Event
Also available on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/MNHouseInfo/ .
• This meeting will be held in accordance with House Rule 10.01 •.
Agenda: COVID-19 response legislation.
Informational hearing on HF4415 (Davnie) Compensation for hourly employees required for school days cancelled due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) during the 2019-2020 school year.
- This is a vehicle bill; please see the H4415DE9 amendment on the division's website.
No formal action will be taken during this remote hearing.
Agenda items may be added.
Public testimony information:.
- Members of the public with questions about this process or who are interested in testifying at this meeting may email committee staff: sarah.burt@house.mn.
- If you wish to testify, please contact committee staff 24 hours before the remote hearing to receive a spot on the list and instructions.
- If you are interested in testifying at this hearing or have feedback you would like to share, please email committee staff: sarah.burt@house.mn.
• The Minnesota House of Representatives is currently working on establishing the processes and technology that allow remote hearings to be held that are accessible to the public; we expect many refinements to come over the coming weeks; thank you for your patience as we adapt.

House Government Operations Committee (Remote Hearing)
Tuesday, April 7 2020 9:45 AM
Watch: Live Event
• This meeting will be held in accordance with House Rule 10.01 •.
Agenda: COVID-19 response legislation.
Informational hearing on HFXXXX (Dehn) A bill for an act relating to elections; authorizing the secretary of state to issue emergency orders related to the conduct of an election during certain peacetime emergencies; appropriating money from the Help America Vote Act account; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 204B.
Bill language will be posted as soon as possible.
Bills may be added or removed from the agenda.
Public testimony information:.
TESTIFYING:.
- Testimony will be limited; please plan accordingly.
- If you would like to testify, please email the committee administrator (amanda.rudolph@house.mn) at least 2 hours before the start of the meeting and you will receive information on how to participate.
HANDOUTS:.
- Handouts must be in PDF format and emailed by 3pm the day before the meeting to the committee administrator.
• The Minnesota House of Representatives is currently working on establishing the processes and technology that allow remote hearings to be held that are accessible to the public; we expect many refinements to come over the coming weeks; thank you for your patience as we adapt.

House Transportation Finance and Policy Division (Remote Hearing)
Tuesday, April 7 2020 12:45 PM
Watch: Live Event
• This meeting will be held in accordance with House Rule 10.01 •.
Agenda: COVID-19 response legislation.
Testimony from the Department of Public Safety.
DE amendment for HF1447 (Tabke).
- This is a vehicle bill; DE language will be posted to accompany this bill as soon as it is available.
Additional testimony.
Documents associated with this remote hearing will be posted to the committee web page; the public will receive notice of additions and updates to the agenda for review prior to the hearing.
Public testimony information:.
If you are interested in testifying at this meeting, please email the committee administrator and copy the committee legislative assistant prior to the meeting to get instructions:.
- Committee Administrator: john.howe@house.mn.
- Committee Legislative Assistant: dan.dodge@house.mn.
• The Minnesota House of Representatives is currently working on establishing the processes and technology that allow remote hearings to be held that are accessible to the public; we expect many refinements to come over the coming weeks; thank you for your patience as we adapt.

House Taxes Committee (Remote Hearing)
Wednesday, April 8 2020 8:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
Also available on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/MNHouseInfo/ .
• This meeting will be held in accordance with House Rule 10.01 •.
Agenda: COVID-19 response legislation.
DE Amendment for HF2693 (Marquart).
- This is a vehicle bill; DE language posted on Committee's website: ”Pertaining to liquor posting; allowing the commissioner discretion in posting certain taxpayers affected by an executive closure order”.
Bills may be added.
Documents associated with this remote hearing will be posted to the committee’s website; the public will receive notice of additions and updates to the agenda for review prior to the hearing.
Public testimony information:.
If you are interested in testifying, please email the committee administrator at least one hour prior to the meeting to get instructions: nathan.jesson@house.mn.
• The Minnesota House of Representatives is currently working on establishing the processes and technology that allow remote hearings to be held that are accessible to the public; we expect many refinements to come over the coming weeks; thank you for your patience as we adapt.

House Subcommittee on Elections (Remote Hearing)
Wednesday, April 8 2020 9:45 AM
Watch: Live Event
• This meeting will be held in accordance with House Rule 10.01 •.
Agenda: COVID-19 response legislation.
Informational hearing on HFXXXX (Dehn) A bill for an act relating to elections; authorizing the secretary of state to issue emergency orders related to the conduct of an election during certain peacetime emergencies; appropriating money from the Help America Vote Act account; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 204B.
Bill language will be posted as soon as possible.
Bills may be added or removed from the agenda.
Public testimony Information:.
TESTIFYING:.
Testimony will be limited, please plan accordingly.
If you would like to testify, please email the committee administrator (amanda.rudolph@house.mn) at least 2 hours before the start of the meeting and you will receive information on how to participate.
HANDOUTS:.
Handouts must be in PDF format and emailed by 3pm the day before the meeting to the committee administrator.
• The Minnesota House of Representatives is currently working on establishing the processes and technology that allow remote hearings to be held that are accessible to the public; we expect many refinements to come over the coming weeks; thank you for your patience as we adapt.

House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division (Remote Hearing)
Wednesday, April 8 2020 9:45 AM
Watch: Live Event
Also available on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/MNHouseInfo/ .
• This meeting will be held in accordance with House Rule 10.01 •.
Agenda: COVID-19 response legislation.
HF1197 (Lesch).
- This is a vehicle bill; DE language posted on division's website: "Pertaining to suspension of statutory deadlines in District and Appellate Courts".
Bills may be added.
Documents associated with this remote hearing will be posted to the division’s website; the public will receive notice of additions and updates to the agenda.
Public testimony Information:.
If you are interested in testifying, please email the committee administrator and copy the committee legislative assistant at least one hour prior to the meeting to get instructions:.
CA: Rachel.Ganani@house.mn.
CLA: Jenna.Maus@house.mn.
• The Minnesota House of Representatives is currently working on establishing the processes and technology that allow remote hearings to be held that are accessible to the public; we expect many refinements to come over the coming weeks; thank you for your patience as we adapt.

House Education Policy Committee (Remote Hearing)
Wednesday, April 8 2020 2:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
Also available on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/MNHouseInfo/ .
• This meeting will be held in accordance with House Rule 10.01 •.
Agenda:.
Overview of the Remote Hearing Process.
COVID-19 response legislation:.
HF4415 (Davnie).
- Please see the DE9 amendment on the committee’s website.
Agenda items may be added.
Public testimony instructions:.
- If you are interested in testifying at this hearing or have feedback you would like to share, please email the committee administrator at alyssa.fritz@house.mn.
- If you wish to testify, please contact committee staff by 10am the day of the remote hearing to receive instructions.
• The Minnesota House of Representatives is currently working on establishing the processes and technology that allow remote hearings to be held that are accessible to the public; we expect many refinements to come over the coming weeks; thank you for your patience as we adapt.

APRIL 14: House Floor Session
Tuesday, April 14 2020 12:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Also available on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/MNHouseInfo/ .
The House of Representatives has adjourned until April 14, 2020 at noon, or until a time and date determined pursuant to HC4 (Winkler/Gazelka): A House concurrent resolution relating to adjournment of the legislature until the public interest warrants it.

News and Notes

Bill Introductions: HF4517-HF4531

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.

Taking a break

The Legislature is scheduled to be in recess for the Easter/Passover break from April 4-13, 2020.

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. 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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