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Week in Review: March 11-15

Audience members at the March 12 meeting of the House Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division begin the annual task of gathering large quantities of paper as the division begins to develop an omnibus bill. Photo by Paul Battaglia

Having arrived at the first committee deadline, it's possible things slow down over the next few days as everyone catches up on some much-needed rest.

On the other hand, next week’s schedule is already filling up with hearings and bills, while Monday’s Calendar for the Day on the House Floor could make for a long afternoon with the opioids and hands-free driving bills on the agenda. Nearly two-dozen amendments have been filed between the bills as of noon Friday.

But before we look ahead, however, 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.



Financial assistance for weather-weary farmers a gubernatorial signature away


Party-line vote moves omnibus agriculture policy bill forward


Hemp, milk storage among issues addressed in omnibus agriculture policy bill


Bill to help more farmers qualify for disaster loans heads to House Floor



Panel sends omnibus data practices and civil law bill to House Floor


House panel advances bill to re-establish corrections ombudsman


Starting Line: Armed forces member, but under 21? This beer could be for you



Funding for transition planning services can poise more businesses for success


Bill could revive, make permanent the Angel Investor Tax Credit program


Extra money sought for internet infrastructure in underserved parts of state



Committee approves omnibus E-12 education policy bill


Civics engagement requirement added to omnibus E-12 education policy bill


Committee reviews governor’s education funding bill


School safety grant program could be extended due to overwhelming demand


Preschool teachers could be subject to K-12 licensure requirements


Educator licensing system changes included in omnibus E-12 policy bill



Omnibus elections bill includes felon voting rights, automatic voter registration


Monument sought to honor historic voting event in South St. Paul




Clean Energy First Act has its first act


Committee approves bill to spur solar energy use on state building projects



Greater funding for conservation crop development at U sought


Changes to drainage law provisions passed by House



Collaboration, pilot program could expand the Center for Victims of Torture’s work in MN


House passes expanded indoor vaping ban


Bill aims to stop the “pre-K to prison pipeline”


Increased rates for doula services could improve access for women in need


Bill could help expand and create new mobile food shelves


Community action programs could see funding boost


Burdensome fees to parents of children with a disability could be eliminated


Funds proposed to help day training, habilitation programs weather impending rate changes



Saddled with student debt? You may soon have an ombudsperson in your corner



Bill offering more protections to residents of manufactured home parks heads to House Floor



Local government panel OKs bill to reverse prohibition on local plastic bag bans



House OKs creation of Veterans Suicide Awareness Day



Statute of limitations for criminal sex crimes could disappear


‘Brooklyn Larson’s Law’ would increase penalty for causing great harm when violating traffic law


Ombudsman’s office, more corrections officers called for in omnibus bill


Bill would help first responders access emergency contact information


Transparency, public trust part of push for Peace Officer Excellence Task Force


Bill would mandate how cops conduct photo lineups



Proposal seeks way to reform, better promote state outdoor recreation efforts




Governor’s tax bill 101: What does Walz want?


Local government aid, long a roller coaster, may climb upward again



Transportation division approves catchall policy bill


Electric vehicle sales might get a jump start from proposed legislation


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