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Final Week in Review: May 10 – May 18

House Speaker Melissa Hortman confers with Chief Clerk Pat Murphy during the House floor session May 15. Photo by Paul Battaglia

The 2020 regular legislative session came to an end in the early hours of May 18 as the House and Senate each adjourned sine die.

But lawmakers are far from finished with their work, as bonding, additional funding to battle COVID-19 and taxes are major issues that remain unresolved. There is already talk of a June special session and legislative leaders will be back at work Tuesday, when the recently formed Select Committee on Minnesota’s Pandemic Response and Rebuilding has a 12:30 p.m. meeting scheduled.

What happens next is anyone’s guess, but here’s what happened over the last week of the session.

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



House gives farmers, lenders more time to prevent foreclosures, repos


Omnibus supplemental agriculture finance bill receives unanimous House approval


House passes omnibus agriculture policy bill



$2 billion bonding bill falls six votes short in House


$2 billion bonding bill headed for House Floor vote



House unanimously passes omnibus judiciary civil policy bill


Banks and credit unions could have more tools to protect vulnerable adults


House gives OK to changes in harassment laws deemed unconstitutional



House passes omnibus education policy bill that includes anti-vaping measures



House passes bill allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to operate amusement rides



Fluorescents are out and LEDs in, if House-approved bill becomes law


Solar power, net zero goal part of omnibus energy package that passes House


Cleaner, cheaper energy the aim of energy package passed in House


Pared down Renewable Development Account bill headed to floor



Wide-ranging environment policy, spending bill passed by House


More than $100m OK’d for conservation projects in omnibus legacy bill


Minneapolis neighborhood takes fight with city to Legislature


Minnesota a signature away from becoming first state to ban TCE


Revised Legacy bill heads to House floor



House passes omnibus health care bill, sends it back to Senate


House OK's amended COVID-19 Minnesota Fund deadline extension



Omnibus higher education policy bill heads to governor


Cities and counties could receive part of more than $600 million in COVID relief



‘Modest’ public safety, corrections policy bill OK’d in House


Early release, more rape kit testing part of $22 million public safety bill OK'd in House


Ways and means committee adds appropriation amounts to public safety COVID-19 bill


Limitations on drone use, electronic warrants by law enforcement clear House


House gives OK to bill mandating how cops conduct photo lineups



Socially distant but emotionally resonant — retirement speeches highlight friendships, look to future


As session ends, Legislature leaves much unresolved — but leaders say that could yet change


House approves adding hair provisions to definition of race in Human Rights Act


State grant extension due to COVID-19 gets passed by House


Select committee formed to continue work on pandemic response following session


Pay raises are part of state employee contracts passed by a divided House


The year the House was tied, and how the two parties made peace … until they didn’t



Soon-to-expire MN driver’s licenses get reprieve under transportation package headed to governor

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