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Press releases from House Public Information Services (all in PDF format)

Press releases for Select New Laws (all in PDF format)

Live Video


Event Schedule

WEDNESDAY: Session Daily Update
Wednesday, January 22 2020 9:55 AM
Watch: Live Event
Updates from the House

WEDNESDAY: House Housing Finance and Policy Division
Wednesday, January 22 2020 10:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
Informational overview hearing of the Housing Finance and Policy Division.
Presentations from groups/agencies on housing issues facing refugee communities.
Agencies testifying include:.
- Hmong American Partnership.
- Mothers Tutoring Academy.
- Voice of East African Women.
- Karen Organization of Minnesota.
- United Cambodian Association of Minnesota.
- Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota.
- Lao Advancement Organization of America.
- Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota.
- Oromo Community of Minnesota.

JANUARY 24: House Climate Action Caucus
Friday, January 24 2020 10:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
Higher education and climate conversation.

JANUARY 27: Session Daily Update
Monday, January 27 2020 9:55 AM
Watch: Live Event
Updates from the House

JANUARY 27: House Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division – part 1
Monday, January 27 2020 10:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
Status report for 2019 harvest: How weather challenges impacted planting and the harvest.
Responding to a changing climate: Agriculture best practices and what is being done.
- Joint presentation by Department of Agriculture, Board of Soil and Water Resources, and Pollution Control Agency.
(Break for lunch)

JANUARY 27: House Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division – part 2*
Monday, January 27 2020 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
* Time of reconvening is anticipated to be approximately 1 p.m.
Alternatives for moving forward: Research update by University of Minnesota Extension.
Experience from the field: A discussion of how farmers are looking at new practices to adapt to challenges associated with and contribute to solutions to a changing climate.

JANUARY 29: Session Daily Update
Wednesday, January 29 2020 1:55 PM
Watch: Live Event
Updates from the House

JANUARY 29: Joint meeting of the House Corrections Division & House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance & Policy Division
Wednesday, January 29 2020 2:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Topic: The Future of Prison and Probation Funding.
Agenda:.
- Department of Corrections Discussion of Drivers of Prison and Probation Costs.
- Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties (MACCAC) and Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers (MACPO) Discussion of the Drivers of Probation Costs.

JANUARY 30: Session Daily Update
Thursday, January 30 2020 12:55 PM
Watch: Live Event
Updates from the House

JANUARY 30: House Housing Finance and Policy Division
Thursday, January 30 2020 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Informational overview from agencies and advocacy groups on the impact mental health conditions can have on individuals seeking secure and stable housing.

FEBRUARY 3: Session Daily Update
Monday, February 3 2020 12:55 PM
Watch: Live Event
Updates from the House

FEBRUARY 3: Joint meeting of the House Corrections Division & House Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division
Monday, February 3 2020 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Topic: The Impact of Incarceration on Children and Families.
Agenda:.
- Research Presentation on the Impact of Incarceration on Children and Families.
- Testimony on the Impact of Incarceration on Children and Families.
- Report from the Children of Incarcerated Families Workgroup.
- Commissioners’ Reports and Preview of Proposals.
* This is a joint informational hearing of the Corrections Division and Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division.
* No official committee action will take place.

The 2020 Regular Session of the Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Tuesday, February 11 2020 12:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
House Floor Session.

News and Notes

The 2020 session is scheduled to begin Feb. 11, 2020. The Legislature will be in recess for the Easter/Passover break from April 4-13, 2020.

Special elections

Special elections to fill vacancies in Districts 30A and 60A will be held Feb. 4. The openings are due to the resignation of Rep. Nick Zerwas (R-Elk River) and death of Rep. Diane Loeffler (DFL-Mpls).

Not running again

The following members have announced they will not seek re-election in 2020: Rep. Hunter Cantrell (DFL-Savage), Rep. Lyndon Carlson Sr. (DFL-Crystal), Rep. Tim Mahoney (DFL-St. Paul), Rep. Alice Mann (DFL-Lakeville), Rep. Duane Sauke (DFL-Rochester) and Rep. Jean Wagenius (DFL-Mpls).

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For comparison

There were 2,921 House files introduced during the 2019 regular session; 2,722 in 2017; 2,379 in 2015; 1,862 in 2013; and 1,761 in 2011.