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.
Minnesota National Guard members could be sent to help staff events in rented out armories.
A controversial nitrogen provision is among the measures contained in the Department of Agriculture’s omnibus policy bill passed by the House 81-43 Monday.
Money to fund a popular agricultural loan program now has a separate path to its intended recipients, after the House passed HF4425 Monday 122-3.
The House on Monday passed a bill that would establish consumer protections for a residential home energy-improvement program, Property Assessed Clean Energy.
Allowing electronic voter signatures at the polls and expanding the allowable types of voting equipment are among the elections administration policy changes included in a bill passed 124-0 by the House Monday.
Self-storage facility owners could hold online auctions for defaulted property in their units, under a bill passed Monday by the House.
The House passed a bill Monday that would give Minnesota-based organizations like the Catholic United, Sons of Norway and Polish Falcons of America a system to liquidate or transfer membership to another organization.
House and Senate tax conferees reached a deal Friday afternoon on a plan that they say would cut taxes for 2.2 million Minnesota, the first rate reduction in nearly 20 years.
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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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