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Strong suburban showing puts DFL in control of House

Capitol nightfall

The DFL will control the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 2019-20 biennium.

Winning a number of key races in the Twin Cities suburbs, the DFL picked up 18 seats in Tuesday's elections and will hold a 75-59 advantage when the House convenes Jan. 8, 2019.

Much of the change occurred in the Twin Cities suburbs, especially near and just off the Interstate 494-694 corridor, where DFL candidates beat incumbent Republicans in places like Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Edina, Lakeville, Plymouth, Rosemount, Stillwater and Woodbury.

The DFL last controlled the House during the 2013-14 biennium. 

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Event Schedule

House Corrections Division
Wednesday, February 20 2019 8:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF996 (Considine) Correctional officers discipline procedure revised.
HF1399 (Considine) Ombudsman for corrections reestablished, ombudsman powers and duties established, report required, and money appropriated.

House Housing Finance and Policy Division
Wednesday, February 20 2019 8:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
Governor's budget proposal presentation.
HF495 (Noor) Residential lease requirements amended.
HF282 (Noor) Manufactured and modular home provisions modified.

House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division
Wednesday, February 20 2019 9:45 AM
Watch: Live Event
Guardian ad litem budget request presentation.
HF13 (Kunesh-Podein) Gender equality provided for under the law, and constitutional amendment proposed.

House Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee
Wednesday, February 20 2019 9:45 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF758 (Persell) Mississippi Headwaters Board jurisdiction over headwaters area ensured.
HF680 (Tabke) Leashed dog use to track big game allowed.
HF721 (Lee) Insecticide use in wildlife management areas prohibited.
HF200 (Anderson) Riparian buffer compensation program established, and money appropriated.

House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Division
Wednesday, February 20 2019 12:45 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF50 (Hornstein) Cell phone use while a motor vehicle is in motion prohibited, with hands-free mode exception.
HF1375 (Considine) Driving while distracted or without a valid license and causing bodily harm or death increased penalties established.
HF1263 (Neu) Recreational vehicle DWI laws further conformed to general DWI laws, and technical corrections made.
HF1149 (Christensen) Conservation officers authority under DWI law expanded.
HFXXXX- Awaiting introduction.

House Legacy Finance Division
Wednesday, February 20 2019 12:45 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF1324 (Olson) Great Lakes Aquarium funding provided, and money appropriated.
Minnesota State Arts Board.
Great Lakes Aquarium.
River Watch.

House Education Policy Committee
Wednesday, February 20 2019 2:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF55 (Jurgens) School meal provisions modified.
HF575 (Huot) Unclaimed drugs or medications in schools disposal provided.
HF576 (Kunesh-Podein) School districts required to pay the cost of a college course entrance exam for all students in grade 11 or 12, funding provided to reimburse districts for college entrance exam costs, and money appropriated.
HF209 (Kunesh-Podein) Schools testing materials expenditures required, and report to the legislature required.
HF20 (Erickson) Intermediate school districts statutes renumbered.

House Health and Human Services Policy Committee
Wednesday, February 20 2019 2:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF733 (Tabke) Security screening systems added to ionizing radiation-producing equipment, and money appropriated.
HF85 (Brand) Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board required to propose guidelines authorizing patient-assisted medication administration.
HF831 (Halverson) Health records released without patient consent circumstances modified.
HF728 (Mann) Pharmacy benefit managers licensure and regulations created, and rulemaking authorized.
* Testifiers should contact Owen Wirth ( and Alyssa Fritz ( to be added to the agenda and submit handout materials.

House Ways and Means Committee
Wednesday, February 20 2019 7:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF861 (Hansen) Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS) and Driver and Vehicle Services funding provided, report required, and money appropriated (pending referral from Transportation Finance and Policy Division).
HF70 (Kunesh-Podein) Task Force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women created, annual report on violence against indigenous women and girls required, and money appropriated.
HF47 (Anderson) Agricultural fertilizer research and education fee, the Minnesota Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council, the Minnesota agricultural fertilizer research and education program, and the agricultural fertilizer research and education account extended by ten years.
HF129 (Sundin) Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities public members compensation and expense reimbursement required.
HF374 (Xiong, J.) Unemployment Insurance Advisory committee 2018 legislative session recommended changes adopted.
* The 24-hour rule for amendments will apply to all bills except HF861, and are due by 7:00pm Tuesday, February 19.
* Amendments for HF861 are due by 5:00pm on Wednesday.

THURSDAY: Session Daily Update
Thursday, February 21 2019 3:25 PM
Watch: Live Event
Session Daily Update

THURSDAY: House Floor Session
Thursday, February 21 2019 3:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF15 (Stephenson) Voluntary relationship defense for criminal sexual conduct crimes eliminated.
HF148 (Huot) Emergency medical technician permitted to be a member of a basic life support ambulance service, and occupational title of emergency medical technicians modified.
HF14 (Nelson) Help America Vote Act money transferred and appropriated.
HF58 (Dettmer) West Lakeland Township, Bayport, and Oak Park Heights; segment of marked Trunk Highway 95 designated as Corrections Officer Joseph Gomm Memorial Highway.

News and Notes

The 2019 Legislature must end by May 20.

Easter/Passover break

The 2019 Easter/Passover break will begin Saturday, April 13, and go through Monday, April 22. Legislative activity may resume at 8 a.m. April 23.

Committee deadlines for 2019

  • Friday, March 15 — Committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin.
  • Friday, March 29 — Committees must act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other body.
  • Friday, April 12 — Committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.

Bill Introductions: HF1268-1409

District 11B special election

A special election for the District 11B seat, vacated when Rep. Jason Rarick (R-Pine City) moved to the Senate, is scheduled for March 19. If necessary, a primary would be March 5.

Did you know?

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Minnesota is the only state with a divided legislature in the 2019-20 biennium. The last time there was only one divided state legislature in the country was 1914.


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