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February 25 9:30 a.m.

: House Ways and Means 200 State Office Building Informational hearing on emergency heating appropriation Noon: House and Senate gavel into session. Noon: Opening Day Bannering at the Capitol from the Welfare Rights Committee. Capitol front steps and rotunda 12:30 p.m. (or 15 minutes after the House adjourns, whichever is later.): House Elections Basement State Office Building Committee will hear a series of election related bills, including HF1986 a proposed roll back of the roll back of the gift ban. Last year, the Legislature passed a law to allow lobbyists to sponsor lawmakers at events as long as theyve inviting all 201 legislators. 12:30 p.m. (The committee will meet at 12:30 p.m. or after the House adjourns.): House Energy Policy 5 State Office Building Committee says it will hear information on Heating assistance and weatherization. 12:30 p.m. (The Tax Committee will convene at 12:30 or 15 minutes after the House adjourns. The committee will work past 2 p.m., if needed, to complete the agenda.): House Taxes 10 State Office Building

Committee has a full agenda of bills, including repealers of several tax measures and federal conformity, which would give state tax breaks for adoptive parents and home owners who have foreclosed or had short sales. 2:15 p.m. (The committee will begin at 2:15 or 30 minutes after the House adjourns. If necessary, the committee will reconvene at 6 p.m. to complete its agenda.): House Health and Human Services Policy 200 State Office Building Committee has several hot button issues on the agenda, including a modification of drug testing requirements for welfare recipients. 4:00 p.m.: House Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Basement State Office Building The committee will be hearing a bill related to fraud and one related to privacy. 4:00 p.m.: Raise the Wage Coalition supporters rally to hike the minimum wage to $9.50 Capitol Rotunda 4:00 p.m. 9: p.m. Minnesota Chamber of Commerce holds its legislative session kickoff event. At 8 p.m., Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk; Senate Minority Leader David Hann; House Speaker Paul Thissen and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt are expected to speak. St. Paul RiverCenter