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COVID-19: What's been done, is being done and could be done by House 

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Under different circumstances, the State Office Building would have a flurry of activity, with dozens and dozens of bills being heard and acted upon in anticipation of the first committee deadline this Friday.

Instead, public activity has ceased and the Capitol Complex is quiet in response to the spreading coronavirus pandemic. To date, 37 days into the 2020 legislative session, five bills have made it across the finish line, while several other high priorities are left in limbo. The session must end by May 18.

So far, lawmakers have passed a couple of big items, including a law that provides $50 million in funding for the Rural Finance Authority. The program provides loans to farmers to weather through tough financial times or invest in improvements.   

The state’s Disaster Contingency Account also received a boost with a $30 million appropriation in fiscal year 2020, to provide immediate funding to cities, counties, townships and tribal governments to help cover the cost of natural disasters.

Most notably, however, were a pair of significant spending packages aimed at combating the COVID-19 public health crisis. Read more at Session Daily

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Event Schedule

No legislative committee meetings scheduled due to Passover and Easter break
Thursday, April 9 2020 8:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
Due to the Passover and Easter break, there are no legislative committee meetings scheduled for Thursday, April 9 or Friday, April 10.

APRIL 13: House Ways and Means Committee (Remote Hearing)
Monday, April 13 2020 2:45 PM
Watch: Live Event
Also available on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/MNHouseInfo/ .
• This meeting will be held in accordance with House Rule 10.01 •.
Agenda:.
Presentation by Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans and State Economist Doctor Laura Kalambokidis.
- Quarterly economic outlook.
- Update on COVID-19 related federal funding.
Documents associated with this hearing will be posted on the committee website.
• The Minnesota House of Representatives is currently working on establishing the processes and technology that allow remote hearings to be held that are accessible to the public; we expect many refinements to come over the coming weeks; thank you for your patience as we adapt.

APRIL 14: Session Daily Update
Tuesday, April 14 2020 11:55 AM
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Updates from the House.

APRIL 14: House Floor Session
Tuesday, April 14 2020 12:00 PM
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Also available on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/MNHouseInfo/ .
The House of Representatives has adjourned until April 14, 2020 at noon, or until a time and date determined pursuant to HC5 (Winkler/Gazelka): A House concurrent resolution relating to adjournment of the legislature until the public interest warrants it.

News and Notes

Bill Introductions: HF4532-HF4537

COVID-19 information

The Minnesota House of Representatives has created a web page dedicated to information about the COVID-19 pandemic, including links for resources.

Not running again

The following members have announced they will not seek re-election to the House in 2020: Rep. Hunter Cantrell (DFL-Savage), Rep. Lyndon Carlson Sr. (DFL-Crystal), Rep. Jack Considine Jr. (DFL-Mankato), Rep. Dan Fabian (R-Roseau), Rep. Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont), Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL-New Brighton), Rep. Ben Lien (DFL-Moorhead), Rep. Tim Mahoney (DFL-St. Paul), Rep. Alice Mann (DFL-Lakeville), Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls), Rep. Duane Sauke (DFL-Rochester), Rep. Bob Vogel (R-Elko New Market) and Rep. Jean Wagenius (DFL-Mpls).

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