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.
The Department of Human Services would be ordered to consider reforming child care provider regulations, under a bill that passed the House Tuesday.
Employment protections for those who care for someone under quarantine would be extended under a bill passed 127-0 Tuesday by the House.
After a weekend of work behind the scenes, the conference committee on the omnibus supplemental budget began adopting the compromise language Monday.
The House passed a bill Tuesday that proponents say would expand transparency for patients looking to save money on health care costs.
HF3404/ SF3143* would extend the Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Committee, the American Indian Advisory Council and the American Indian Child Welfare Advisory Council to 2023, and the Formulary Committee to 2022.
House lawmakers have given the green light to legislation that would make big changes to the powerful Metropolitan Council.
A new advisory board for real estate appraisers could help oversee licensing issues, disciplinary matters, continuing education and industry-related trends.
In an attempt to tackle a shortfall in available judges who oversee workers’ compensation hearings, the House on Tuesday passed a bipartisan bill that would allow retired judges to serve as needed.
A bill that would set consistent terminology, timeframes for sexual assault examination kit handling and provide that victims have access to information about their kit was passed by the House.
Employees of lodging establishments may be better equipped to spot sex trafficking, under a bill passed by the House.
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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