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)
Week in Review: April 17-21 (4/21/2017 2:04:00 PM) $61 million and plenty of policy separates House, Senate state government bills (4/21/2017 1:48:00 PM) Funding differences, concerns aplenty as public safety conferees begin their work (4/20/2017 5:24:00 PM) Government audits of insurance companies gets House OK (4/20/2017 3:59:00 PM) Bill subjecting commission sales reps to state law passes House (4/20/2017 3:02:00 PM) House passes data changes, background checks for appraisers (4/20/2017 2:28:00 PM) Cost-saving measure for credit unions, members now moves to Senate (4/20/2017 2:26:00 PM) Higher Ed conference group begins to hash out policy differences (4/20/2017 1:57:31 PM) House OKs limits to life insurance policies by suspected terrorists (4/20/2017 1:43:00 PM) House recognizes research, fiscal departments for 50 years of service (4/20/2017 1:28:32 PM) Omnibus tax bill repurposes some 2016 vetoed provisions, adds some new (4/19/2017 6:49:00 PM)
CANCELED: Conference Committee on HF861 *
Monday, April 24 2017 9:30 AM
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HF861 (Torkelson/Newman) Omnibus Transportation Finance bill.
* Due to scheduling conflicts, this meeting is canceled and will be rescheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m., or call of the chair.
House Ways and Means Committee
Monday, April 24 2017 10:15 AM
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HF179 (Scott) Ignition interlock performance standards amended, and use of devices with location tracking capabilities prohibited.
SF1124 (Lueck) Omnibus lands bill.
HF1323 (Vogel) Debt limit established.
HF1265 (Heintzeman) Environment and natural resources trust fund money appropriated, and requirements for receipt of fund money modified.
House Floor Session
Monday, April 24 2017 3:30 PM
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CALENDAR FOR THE DAY.
HF809 (Franson) Abortion funding from state-sponsored health programs limited.
HF812 (Kiel) Abortion performing facility licensure required, licensing fee required, and money appropriated.
HF1712 (Pierson) Collaborative community dental hygiene service requirements modified, and requirements established.
SF341 (Franson) Public hospitals investment bill; Cook and Orr ambulance services hospital district tax use modification.
SF562 (Peterson) Autism early intensive intervention benefit provisions modifications.
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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