Committees - especially in the House - have been extremely busy this week and the hectic schedule will carry over into next week as well. Numerous hearings have been pushed into the night, as House Chairs hold hearings on a number of different bills.
Given their new majority this is not a particularly big surprise, as there is likely a built up demand among
many DFLers to hear a number of bills that have not been brought to the forefront in recent session(s). These hearings are important because they can often highlight certain issues in bills - or conversely, gain supporters as more legislators hear from testifiers.
The late night committees and hearings are also a unique way for many of the new legislators to get a better understanding of how the process works and how they can be more effective in representing their districts during their time at the Capitol.