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Week in Review: Feb. 4-8

Coffee in hand, a visitor walked past the State Office Building Feb. 7 as another round of snow blanketed the Capitol Mall. | Photo by Paul Battaglia

Another busy week in the House, another week closer to spring and to committee deadlines, which were approved during Thursday’s House Floor session. The first deadline, by when committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin, is now five weeks away.

House lawmakers will work to keep pace next week with a full slate of meetings scheduled, beginning with Monday’s House Ways and Means Committee meeting at 9:45 a.m., when six bills are set to be debated. The House is also scheduled to meet in session at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

But before looking too far ahead, let’s look back at what you may have missed this 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.



Bill proposes additional funds to stem growing struggle for some to access healthy food




State’s colleges and universities seek more than $380 million for capital projects




A barrier to justice' — advocates push for change in state's definition of sexual harassment



Bill would extend time limits to establish non-paternity


House OKs bill allowing homeowners to reject racially restrictive covenants




State’s disaster assistance account is running on empty




Auditor's report highlights state's ‘complex and fragmented’ early childhood programming


Students are never too young to suffer from stress, legislators told


Bill would increase funds for English language learners


Special education providers feeling buried by paperwork


School lunch participation solid, but breakfast program lags




Update could help clarify unemployment insurance questions


Bill to toughen penalties for wage theft advances in House


State funding could help more people escape cycle of payday loan debt




Renewable energy storage a potential ‘game changer’ division learns


Bill would mandate move toward carbon-free electricity by 2050




Researchers seeking fast, accurate test to halt spread of chronic wasting disease


Outdoor heritage bill, appropriation change held over




Starting Line: Addressing Greater Minnesota’s child care provider shortage




Drug cost hikes could be subject to attorney general's review


Broad approach to prevent elder abuse encouraged by working groups




Technology the focus Minnesota State’s funding request


House committee hears pair of bills aimed at helping lessen load of student debt




House panel advances bill giving tax credits to employers who hire veterans




Bill seeks to provide post-conviction relief extension




Legislative audit ‘very positive’ for Public Facilities Authority


Reimbursement authorization sought for disabilities council members


Committee deadlines for 2019 unveiled




Farmers, business laud tax conformity measures


Tax-free puppy purchase? Tax exemption for pet adoptions from nonprofit shelters considered


Mobile home cooperatives could receive tax credit for land under the residence




House panel hears bill to reimburse motorists overcharged by much-maligned MNLARS


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