Remember February? The days were shorter, colder and lawmakers prioritized conforming Minnesota’s tax code with a December federal overhaul, patching MNLARS, groups were jockeying for capital investment money and, at the end of that month – 12 weeks ago – the administration announced the state had a projected extra $329 million in the bank.
Fast-forward to Sunday, the final day of the 90th legislative session, which ended at 11:48 p.m., shortly after the House approved a pensions-related bill. But most of the day, Republican legislators and the governor spent going back and forth at each other in the media.
Early Sunday morning, the House passed a massive omnibus supplemental spending package. Then, around 4 p.m. Sunday, the House, in a second attempt within a week, passed a tax conformity bill that included special education funding requested by Gov. Mark Dayton. With minutes remaining before the constitutional deadline, the House passed a $1.4 billion capital investment bill and sent it to the governor.
The House voted 119-1 Tuesday to discontinue the Ramsey Soil and Water Conservation District and transfer its duties and authorities to the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners.
Some temporary storage facilities, such as grain elevators and ethanol plants, may be exempt from fugitive dust emission rules.
Fuel refiners and blenders would have a few more days to make their annual transition from one type of biodiesel fuel to another under the provisions of a bill passed by the House 120-0 on Tuesday.
Members of the Physician Assistant Advisory Council may no longer be restricted in their service.
The bill's sponsor says it would help address the shortage of mental health providers in the state.
HF2945, as amended, would delete a requirement that an intensive residential treatment services provider have a contract with a host county in order to operate.
A bill that would further restrict the kinds of health professionals who can authorize prescription eyeglasses passed the House 126-0 Monday.
Child care providers may not have to publicly post the correction orders handed down from the Department of Human Services.
A bill passed 125-0 by the House Monday seeks to give parents more things to think about when deciding whether to opt out of the state’s birth defects information system.
House and Senate higher education committees met Monday to vet candidates and make a nomination to the joint legislative convention, scheduled to meet Thursday.
Introduced in March 2017 by Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL-New Brighton) and Sen. Carolyn Laine (DFL-Columbia Heights), HF2470/SF2259, aims to stop the cycle of opioid misuse and addiction through education.
The conference committee tasked with hammering out the differences that divide the House and Senate on a laundry list of major issues met for the first time Tuesday afternoon.
Republican legislative majority offers mixed reactions to proposed tax system overhauls and DMV fixes.
The latest numbers are a $517 million swing from the November forecast
The state’s latest economic forecast projects a budget deficit of $188 million for the current two-year biennium, and a $586 million deficit for the 2020-21 biennium
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