First bills from House DFL

The bill introductions began today in the Minnesota House, and the new DFL majority is showing which issues will be priorities this session.

There are noteworthy difference between the first batch of House bills and the first batch of Senate bills, which were unveiled yesterday.

House File 1 is aimed at paying back money owed to schools as part of previous budget deals.

House File 2 provides property tax refunds.

House File 3 allocates new money for the Minnesota Investment Fund.

House File 4 allocates new money for the Minnesota Trade Office.

House File 5 is the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace Act, which establishes the online exchange for consumers to shop for policies.

Like the Senate, the House will also consider an increase in the state’s minimum wage (HF 10).