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.
State government is divided on what to do about reforming elder care in Minnesota — institute decisive reform now, or wait and study the issue further before committing?
The House on Thursday passed HF4437 76-54 to put on November’s ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would require allocating sales tax revenues from motor vehicle parts and repair to the state’s highway construction fund.
The House voted 128-0 Thursday to authorize certain land sales and make a number of modifications to state land lease and public property sale requirements.
With fewer than four days left in the legislative session, House and Senate leaders are looking to put together a new tax conformity bill following Gov. Mark Dayton’s Thursday morning veto of the tax omnibus bill.
Packed with technical and grammar changes, the annual revisor's bill is going to the governor.
More than a week after first convening, the omnibus supplemental budget conference committee met again Wednesday evening to try and reach agreement on the final articles of HF4099/ SF3656* – a compilation of many of this session’s major omnibus bills.
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.
Firefighters and emergency medical personnel trying to help someone can be put in a tough spot when that victim or patient lashes out.
Ensuring peace officers have all available tools to keep the public safe is the goal of a bill proffered by Rep. Matt Grossell (R-Clearbrook).
HF3610 would increase the penalty for assaulting a peace officer from a gross misdemeanor to a felony punishable by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
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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