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Week in Review: Jan. 11-15

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Welcome to the beginning of a long weekend as the House will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But members intend to pick right up where they left off next week with nearly 40 hearings already scheduled and a floor session Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Looking through meeting agendas for the next seven days, many committees and divisions are scheduled to continue receiving updates and overviews from areas they oversee, as is common this time of year. However, items may be added over the weekend, so be sure to check the weekly schedule for any updates.

But before we look ahead, here’s one more look at the last week.

Check out the latest gallery from House Photography and stay up-to-date on House news and updates throughout the week at Session Daily.


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Recent Dailies

Lawmakers learn more about prisons’ work to contain coronavirus
The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed “high stress and high expectations” on the Department of Corrections and its responsibility to keep both inmates and staff safe, Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul) told the House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee Tuesday.
PCA: Greenhouse gas emissions dropping, but not nearly enough
Together, transportation, electricity generation and agriculture account for 70% of the state’s emissions. While emissions were down 29% in the electricity generation sector between 2005 and 2018, the transportation sector is only down 7.5% while agricultural emissions are up 8.3%.
Environment committee approves 2020 lands bill
HF133 was approved Tuesday by the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee and referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.
Department of Human Services’ work to improve procedures are ongoing
Efforts to improve the Department of Human Services’ procedures and processes have proven successful so far, but officials say the work is far from done.
House panel gets rundown of programs that support young children
There are many state and federally funded initiatives geared toward supporting the health and well-being of Minnesota’s youngest citizens and their families.
AG's office seeks additional $9.8m to meet mission protecting Minnesotans
The office seeks $9.77 million more in operating funds in the 2022-23 biennium. Attorney General Keith Ellison said the current $23.51 million biennial appropriation marks the office’s first real-dollar increase in six years.
In fighting discrimination, human rights commissioner cites successes — but warns more work to be done
Tuesday was an opportunity for the Department of Human Rights commissioner to tout the work her agency does fighting discrimination in the state.
Week in Review: Jan. 11-15
Welcome to the beginning of a long weekend as the House will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But members intend to pick right up where they left of...
Incarceration and probation: Committee gets overview of state corrections’ systems
The House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee heard presentations Friday on two tasks of the Department of Corrections: incarceration and probation.
House adopts permanent rules for 2021-22 session
The House has adopted permanent rules for the 2021 session, setting up its committee structure and the guidelines under which it will move bills and conduct votes and debate.

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Priority Dailies

Plenty for MN lawmakers to do in 2021, with pandemic response still a top priority
With a looming state budget deficit and increased wants from many, the 2021 legislative session won’t be easy.
Budget forecast projects short-term surplus, shortfall in '22-23
Minnesota Management and Budget officials released the November 2020 Budget and Economic Forecast Tuesday, saying the state's budget deficit has been replaced with a projected $641 million surplus for the current biennium that ends June 30, 2021.
House DFL again chooses Hortman as speaker; Republicans continue with Daudt
House DFLers on Thursday evening selected current House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) to continue in her post when the 92nd legislative session begins in January.

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