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Plenty for MN lawmakers to do in 2021, with pandemic response still a top priority

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With a looming state budget deficit and increased wants from many, the 2021 legislative session won’t be easy.

Coronavirus isn’t helping either — both with dollars and operations.

But the work must be done.

“We need to have a strong pandemic response and we need to have a very strong economic security approach to providing the basics in families’ financial lives in Minnesota coming out of this pandemic,” said House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley).

House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) agrees Minnesota’s pandemic response and economic recovery are amongst key issues legislators must address.

“I’d like to see the Legislature rise to the level of performance that this pandemic and the response to this pandemic call for, and really match the governor and show him that we’re here, we’re ready to lead, we’ve got the right ideas to get Minnesota through this,” he said. Read our full preview of the new legislative session at Session Daily

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Event Schedule

House State Government Finance and Elections Committee - part 2
Tuesday, March 2 2021 3/2/2021 5:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF1200 (Richardson) Paid family, pregnancy, bonding, and applicant's serious medical condition benefits provided; employment leaves regulated and required; data classified; rulemaking authorized; and money appropriated.
*Agenda items may be added or removed.


House Local Government Division
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 8:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF702 (Becker-Finn) Cities and towns allowed to require additional licensing for hotels.
HF1359 (Freiberg) Towns and political subdivision authorized to established inflow and infiltration prevention programs and make loans or grants to property owners.
HF1350 (Boldon) Cities of the first class authority provided to impose ordinances on land or fee dedication on permit applications.
HF1565 (Elkins) Municipality authorized to establish street improvement district.
*Bills may be added.


House Legacy Finance Committee
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 8:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF913 (Frederick) County fair funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1166 (Wazlawik) Water safety grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
HFXXXX (Hollins) Appropriating money for the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.
HF328 (Urdahl) Litchfield Opera House funding provided, and money appropriated.
*Bills may be added to the agenda.


House Behavioral Health Policy Division
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 8:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF1390 (Bierman) Community behavioral health clinic provisions modified, advisory working group established, rulemaking authorized, and report required.
HF1102 (Hanson) Home and community-based waiver assessment requirements modified for people temporarily entering health care facilities.
HF1532 (Frederick) Human services community supports provisions modified.
HF1495 (Fischer) Mental health uniform service standards.


House Human Services Finance and Policy Committee - part 1
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 10:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
*If the committee is unable to complete the entire agenda by 12pm, the committee will recess and reconvene at 6pm.
HF980 (Becker-Finn) Child support and arrears provisions modified.
HF1436 (Hanson) Child support provisions modified.
HF1435 (Hanson) Children and family custody provisions modified.
HF601 (Her) Housing support modified.
HF1305 (Rasmusson) Medical assistance reimbursement rate methodology modified for crisis stabilization services in residential settings.
HF1559 (Rasmusson) Adoption provisions modified, safe place for newborn provisions added, child welfare program provisions modified, and Northstar kinship assistance provisions modified.
*Agenda items may be added.


House Preventive Health Policy Division
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 10:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF313 (Lee) Alzheimer's public information program established, and money appropriated.
HF938 (Lee) Child blood lead level reduction goal established, and commissioner of health annual public report issuance required.
*Bills may be taken in any order.
*Agenda items may be added or removed.


House Preventing Homelessness Division
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 10:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
HFXXXX (Gomez) Establishing local homeless prevention aid for families with children.
*Agenda items may be added or removed.


House Education Finance Committee
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 10:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF486 (Feist) Suicide prevention training for teachers funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1057 (Bennett) Prekindergarten through grade 12 education program legislative grant evidence-based standard established, and report required.
*Items may be added.


House Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Presentation by University of Minnesota on Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Tech Transfer program.
HF661 (Klevorn) University of Minnesota Forever Green Agriculture Initiative funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1680 (Marquart) Northern Crops Institute grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1805 (Ecklund) Minnesota Turf Seed Council grant funding provided, report required, and money appropriated.
*Bills may be added.


House Taxes Committee
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF1201 (Lippert) Prepared food exempted in nonprofit food programs.
HF1334 (Her) Saint Paul water treatment facility provided an exemption for construction materials.
HF1503 (Davids) Construction exemption provided for public safety facilities.


House Education Policy Committee
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF951 (Richardson) Dismissal of students in kindergarten through grade 3 prohibited.
HF1408 (Becker-Finn) Interpreter requirements modified.
HF1617 (Hassan) Online personal finance class required for high school graduation.
HF1712 (Keeler) World's best workforce performance measure modified.
*Bills may be taken in any order.
*Bills may be added pending introduction and referral.
*Agenda items may be added or removed.


House Workforce and Business Development Finance and Policy Committee
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF819 (Koegel) Redevelopment grant and demolition loans, Minnesota investment fund, and job creation fund funding provided; and money appropriated.
HF600 (Winkler) Cannabis; Cannabis Management Board and advisory councils established; use and sale reports required; adult use and possession limited and legalized; business licensing, inspection, and regulation provided; testing and labeling of cannabis and related products required; advertisement limited; private residence cultivation provided; regulatory authority transferred; adult-use sale taxed; grant and loan programs established; criminal penalties amended; expungement procedures established; labor standards established; nuisance cause of action created; scheduling amended; data classified; and money appropriated (pending referral).
- Discussion on HF600 will be limited to the jurisdiction of this committee. *Bills may be added.


House Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 3:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF641 (Raleigh) Military veteran jobs tax credit provided.
HF41 (Frazier) COVID-19; emergency paid sick leave provided to health care employees excluded from Families First Coronavirus Response Act (pending updated fiscal note).
HF800 (Wolgamott) Meat and poultry processing workplace safety provided, rulemaking authorized, report required, and money appropriated.
*Bills may be added.


House Health Finance and Policy Committee
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 3:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF1173 (Lippert) Hospital or hospital campus closure, operation curtailment, service relocation, or service cessation requirements modified; and right of first refusal established before hospital or hospital campus sale or conveyance.
HF834 (Her) Hospital moratorium exception provided.
HF1609 (Liebling) Nonstate government-owned teaching hospital with high Medicaid utilization and level 1 trauma centers and affiliated physicians payment arrangement established, inpatient hospital rates modified, health plan revenue exempted from insurance premium taxes and surcharges.
and hospital revenue exempted from provider tax.
HF1531 (Lee) Trauma-informed gun violence reduction pilot program established, report required, and money appropriated.
*Agenda items may be added/removed.


House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 3:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF80 (Lippert) Farmer-lender mediation period extended.
HF112 (Bernardy) Manufactured home park residents provided purchase opportunity.
HF1002 (Schultz) Individual health plan offered by health carriers guaranteed issuance to residents required.
HF1516 (Schultz) Pharmacy and provider choice allowed relating to biological product prescription and dispensation, and report required.
*Items may be taken up in any order.
*Items may be added or removed at the Chair’s discretion.


House Property Tax Division
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 3:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF355 (Sundin) Cloquet; local sales and use tax authority modified.
HF693 (Igo) Grand Rapids; local sales and use tax authority modified.
HF514 (Igo) Itasca County; local sales and use tax authority authorized.
HF1345 (Bahner) Maple Grove; local sales and use tax authorized.
HF1458 (Burkel) Warren; local sales and use tax authority modified.
HF1304 (Rasmusson) Fergus Falls; local sales and use tax authorized.


House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 3:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF1283 (Koegel) Addiction medicine graduate medical education fellowship program funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF1536 (Wolgamott) Z-Degree program modified, and money appropriated.


House Human Services Finance and Policy Committee - part 2, if necessary*
Wednesday, March 3 2021 3/3/2021 6:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
*If the committee is unable to complete it morning agenda by 12pm, the committee will recess and reconvene at 6pm.
Agenda: To be determined.


Session Daily Update
Thursday, March 4 2021 3/4/2021 3:25 PM
Watch: Live Event
Updates from the House.


House Floor Session
Thursday, March 4 2021 3/4/2021 3:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
House Floor Session

News and Notes

Bill Introductions: HF1685-HF1807

2021 committee deadlines

  • Friday, March 12 - Committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin.
  • Friday, March 19 - Committees must act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other body.
  • Friday, April 9 - Committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills. 

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