In the days leading up to the end of the 2018 legislative session May 20, Gov. Mark Dayton repeatedly pledged to veto major pieces of legislation that included provisions he would not accept. The governor followed through on those promises Wednesday, vetoing the omnibus supplemental budget bill and the omnibus tax bill.
In a morning press conference announcing his actions, Dayton also held firm on another pledge, saying he would not call the Legislature back to resume negotiations on the failed bills.
“No special session. They had their chance,” Dayton said. “They messed this session up worse than anything I’ve ever seen.”
Dayton said the omnibus supplemental budget bill, HF4099/ SF3656*, which contained many of the session’s most significant legislative efforts including measures to combat opioids and elder abuse – and which would have spent millions of dollars on education, health care and transportation – did too little to address problems and was loaded instead with objectionable policy.
With only hours left of the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers met Sunday morning to make revisions to the tax reform bill in hopes that this go-around it will garner Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature.
A session that began three months ago has largely been boiled down to a large bill that doesn’t appear to have gubernatorial support.
It’s not looking like the omnibus supplemental budget bill or the tax bill will get passed this year.
The House Agriculture Policy Committee gathered Saturday to consider using, for the first time, a 17-year-old state statute that would allow it block a controversial groundwater protection rule proposed by the Department of Agriculture earlier this year.
Prosecutors could hold organizations that recruit, train or aid an individual arrested for damaging oil pipelines, railways, airports and other “critical infrastructure” both civilly and criminally liable under bill passed in the House.
The omnibus supplemental budget conference committee resumed its work Friday evening by discussing, amending and beginning to adopt a number of articles related to health and human services.
In the final days and hours of the 2018 session, Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature still don’t see eye-to-eye on a number of key issues.
The release process for committed sex offenders and other inmates from state mental health facilities would be impacted by a bill passed 119-0 by the House Friday.
A proposal that would allow St. Paul to use design-build contracting to make improvements on a water treatment plant was passed by the House Friday.
The House Ways and Means Committee amended the bill that manages some appropriations for environmental projects Thursday before sending it to the House Floor.
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.
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