When legislators return to St. Paul next week after the week-long Passover/Easter break it is expected to get hectic as members will have just under five weeks to complete their work and avoid a potential special session.
Without budgets in place by July 1, a partial or full state government shutdown could occur for the second time in seven years. The 2011 shutdown lasted nearly three weeks.
The February Economic and Budget Forecast that indicated a $1.65 billion projected budget surplus has led to showdowns over increased spending from many DFLers to Republicans who think much of the money should be returned to state taxpayers.
With more than three months of the 2017 session elapsed, things don’t seem so rosy. (READ MORE)
With self-imposed deadline gone, Legislature still piecing together budget (5/24/2017 7:45:00 PM) House again OKs transportation plan heavy on borrowing, General Funds shifts (5/24/2017 7:36:00 PM) A hostile start to special session sees two omnibus bills passed before 7 a.m. deadline (5/24/2017 7:02:00 AM) Compromise education bill passed by House in special session (5/24/2017 6:52:00 AM) ‘Bipartisan,’ trimmed down special session tax bill gets House approval (5/24/2017 6:39:00 AM) Legislative leaders expect special session to last through the night (5/23/2017 10:42:00 PM) Governor, legislative leaders agree on special session to finish work (5/23/2017 12:12:00 AM) House, Senate pass LCCMR conference committee report (5/22/2017 11:41:20 PM) Midnight — and end of session — nears with most of budget left unfinished (5/22/2017 8:25:00 PM) More court funding, no protestor measure in judiciary and public safety agreement (5/22/2017 6:53:00 PM) Recrafted jobs, economic development bill heads to governor (5/22/2017 11:36:00 AM)
2017 First Special Session - Day 3
Thursday, May 25 2017 12:00 PM
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House Floor Session
2018 Regular Session
Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:00 PM
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The Minnesota Legislature's 2018 Regular Session is scheduled to convene on Tues., February 20, 2018 at 12 p.m.
By state constitution, the last day the Legislature may meet in 2017 is May 22.
For constitutional provisions concerning the length of session and special sessions, see Minnesota Constitution, Article IV
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