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The 88th session of the Minnesota Legislature convenes on Jan. 8, and the structure of the session is taking shape as the House and Senate have announced their committees and chairs.
(Published Nov 18, 2012)
The House will have 30 committees, up from 26 in the previous session. Some committees were eliminated while some new ones were created.
House leaders eliminated both the Redistricting Committee and the Data Practices Subcommittee as well as the stand-alone committee on veterans issues.
The House will now have two transportation committees—one dealing with finance and the other with policy. It will also have two committees dedicated to jobs and labor issues: the Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy Committee, and the Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries Committee.
Leaders added two new House committees: the Housing Finance and Policy Committee and the Early Childhood and Youth Development Policy Committee.
The House committees and chairs are:
-Agriculture Policy—Rep. Jeanne Poppe (DFL-Austin)
-Capital Investment—Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL-St. Paul)
-Civil Law—Rep. John Lesch (DFL-St. Paul)
-Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy—Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights)
-Early Childhood and Youth Development Policy—Rep. Joe Mullery (DFL-Minneapolis)
-Education Finance—Rep. Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth)
-Education Policy—Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul)
-Elections—Rep. Steve Simon (DFL-St. Louis Park)
-Energy Policy—Rep. Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park)
-Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance—Rep. Jean Wagenius (DFL-Minneapolis)
-Environment and Natural Resources Policy—Rep. David Dill (DFL-Crane Lake)
-Ethics—chair to be named
-Government Operations—Rep. Michael Nelson (DFL-Brooklyn Park)
-Health and Human Services Finance—Rep. Tom Huntley (DFL-Duluth
-Health and Human Services Policy—Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester)
-Higher Education Finance and Policy—Rep. Gene Pelowski (DFL-Winona)
-Housing Finance and Policy—Rep. Karen Clark (DFL-Minneapolis)
-Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy—Rep. Tim Mahoney (DFL-St. Paul)
-Judiciary Finance and Policy—Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center)
-Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries—Rep. Sheldon Johnson (DFL-St. Paul)
-Legacy—Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-Minneapolis)
-Public Safety Finance and Policy—Rep. Michael Paymar (DFL-St. Paul)
-Rules and Legislative Administration—Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul)
-State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs—Rep. Mary Murphy (DFL-Hermantown)
-Taxes—Rep. Ann Lenczewski (DFL-Bloomington)
-Property Tax Division—Rep. Jim Davnie (DFL-Minneapolis)
-Transportation Finance—Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL-Minneapolis)
-Transportation Policy—Rep. Ron Erhardt (DFL-Edina)
-Ways and Means—Rep. Lyndon Carlson (DFL-Crystal)
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