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Week in Review: Feb. 15-19

With just a bit more than one full week left in February and the Legislature’s first committee deadline on the horizon March 12, more and more of the 1,348 bills that have so far been introduced are being heard and moved through their respective committees and divisions.

The past few days saw bills that would legalize marijuana, raise and lower taxes, ban flavored tobacco and establish a new state agency focused on helping the youngest Minnesotans.

Members also spent considerable time working with state officials to dissect and discuss the various provisions of the budget proposal Gov. Tim Walz released last month as the much anticipated February forecast is to be released one week from today.

Week in Review: Feb. 15-19

The numbers in that economic outlook will serve as the framework lawmakers will work within as they attempt to craft the state’s budget for the 2022-23 biennium before they’re constitutionally mandated to adjourn on May 17 – now 88 days away for those keeping track of such things.

That work will continue on Monday with a House Ways and Means Committee meeting at 10:30 a.m., followed by four more committee meetings at 1 p.m. and a floor session at 3:30 p.m., although there are no bills on the Calendar for the Day. But as last Thursday’s unexpected floor debate on the State Aid for Emergencies account bill illustrates, anything is possible.

Be sure to check the weekly schedule for updates on the days ahead, and here’s another look at what you may have missed last week.

Stay up-to-date on House news and updates throughout the week at Session Daily.


Costs of soil friendly farming would be defrayed under approved bill


Pandemic-related funding boost for Farm to Foodshelf program could be extended



Bonding committee approves measure to help cover costs of recovery from last summer's civil unrest



Recreational cannabis bill clears first committee in House



Fibbing about Fido to skirt a ‘no pets’ policy? Bill would make it illegal



Students in residential facilities could have better access to extra learning opportunities


Proposal would establish a new state agency focused on early childhood


Education committee considers ‘Seizure Smart Schools’ legislation


More children could be eligible for early learning opportunities this summer


New teachers could have better access to mentorship opportunities



‘Technical’ elections bill approved by committee on partisan vote



Bill held over would eliminate ‘Social Security offset’ that reduces unemployment payouts



No Child Left Inside grant program could get $2 million


Air-quality permits could get additional scrutiny in underserved communities



Extension considered for pandemic-prompted changes to home and community-based services


Multiple approaches could bring more dentists to rural Minnesota


Mental health workforce shortage, cultural competency demand range of solutions


Proposed ban on flavored tobacco moves ahead


Parents of maltreated children could have greater say in day care provider appeals


Allowing raw cannabis for medical use could cut costs, improve access


Divided House committee approves price controls on prescription drugs creating ‘affordability challenges’


Study proposed to develop consumer protections for state's sober home residents



Minnesota State, U of M leaders tell lawmakers big repair bills need big bonding


Walz proposes $149 million increase in higher education funding — with some program cuts



Housing panel OKs legislation that could offer eviction protections, expunge records


Support program for Twin Cities homeless adults could be expanded


Legislation could protect low-income tenants in apartments primed for rent hikes



Repeal of local government compensation cap gets OK by House division


Met Council reform measure met with House panel's approval



Bill proposes tougher penalties for sex trafficking


SAFE account bill fails to gain enough support, tabled for second time


Overhaul of criminal sexual conduct statutes moves forward


Public safety panel OKs bill to grant limited immunity to victims of sexual assault possessing or under influence of drugs



Proposal would have Greater MN bars, restaurants fully open sooner


House subcommittee continues debate over legislative response to Walz's emergency powers



Walz’s tax bill would net revenue bumps from corporations and high earners


Auditor’s report says use of tax increment financing down, but revenue up


Paying taxes on PPP loans? That, and more, would change under tax conformity bill


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