The 2020 legislative session began Feb. 11, and House members were away the following day at a legislative conference. Although it wasn’t a full week of meetings, legislators were anything but idle during their first week.
Twenty committee meetings and two floor sessions were held with a number of 2019 bills back on agendas along with new legislation such as HF3100, which would create an emergency insulin assistance program.
The House Capital Investment Division also rolled up its sleeves and began work on one of this year’s signature subjects, the creation of a bonding bill to fund improvement projects around the state.
The pace picks up first thing next Monday morning, when the House Ways and Means Committee is set to meet at 9:45 a.m. to consider bills dealing with paid family and medical leave and earned sick and safe time. But before we look too far ahead, here’s one last look at the last week.
Minnesota hemp industry still blossoming, division hears
House bonding division hears governor’s capital investment proposal
Emergency insulin bill clears first committee stop on session's opening day
Teens voice pain points, share successes with the House Education Finance Division
Primary voters’ privacy the focus of bill that clears elections subcommittee
State government division divided over election security funds
The Land of 10,000 Lakes is getting wetter – and that’s a problem
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
$137.5 million Outdoor Heritage Fund bill gets division OK
Pro-pollinator bill proposes a different kind of sanctuary city
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Committee considers impact of potential ACA overturn
Efforts to restore CCAP integrity are showing results
Bill OK'd to mandate retrofitting high-rise residential buildings with fire sprinklers
House division hears plan to cap probation at five years for most felonies
Bill seeks to end discrimination on the basis of hair
Mixed emotions mark start to 2020 legislative session
With an eye on November, lawmakers return to St. Paul for 2020 session
Tax bill could reduce farmers’ ‘sticker shock’
Transit officials tout efforts to boost safety on trains, buses