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A short 2018 session is off the starting block — what comes next?

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The 2018 legislative session opened Tuesday with a 27-minute get-together and lawmakers picking up right where they left off after adjourning before last year’s Memorial Day weekend.

While legislators will return to addressing some unfinished business – like adding new oversight to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority – they face new challenges this year such as conforming the state’s tax system to the recently updated federal tax code. Both parties’ members agree there are new issues to tackle, from workplace discrimination to infrastructure and facility maintenance spending, but they differ in how these topics will be handled.

Regardless, there’s a three-month sprint ahead for lawmakers who must complete their work by the May 21 constitutional deadline.

Most of the day’s business was consumed with procedural moves, but the newest member of the chamber, Rep. Jeremy Munson (R-Lake Crystal), was sworn in after winning a race to replace former Rep. Tony Cornish in a Feb. 12 special election

Read the full story at Session Daily 


Live Video

Event Schedule

House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee
Thursday, April 19 2018 8:15 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF3502 (Fabian) Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Finance bill.
Omnibus bill mark-up.

House Health and Human Services Finance Committee – part 1
Thursday, April 19 2018 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF3138 (Dean) Omnibus Health and Human Services Finance bill.
HF3196 (Fenton) Step therapy protocol and override for prescription drug coverage established.
* Mark-up of the Omnibus Health and Human Services Finance bill.
* HF3196 (Fenton) has already had a hearing in the Health and Human Services Finance Committee; the committee will be taking action and passing the bill.

Session Daily Update
Thursday, April 19 2018 3:25 PM
Watch: Live Event
Session Daily Update

House Floor Session
Thursday, April 19 2018 3:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF3551 (Lohmer) Safe at Home program requirements modified, and technical and clarifying changes made.
HF3249 (Davids) Provisions governing passing emergency vehicles stopped on a roadway modified.
HF2768 (Jessup) Child sexual abuse prevention instruction in a health curriculum modified.
HF2835 (Baker) Deputy registrars reimbursement funding provided, and money appropriated.

House Health and Human Services Finance Committee – part 2*
Thursday, April 19 2018 5:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
* Committee will meet in the evening after Floor Session, at the call of the Chair.
HF3138 (Dean) Omnibus Health and Human Services Finance bill.
* Continued mark-up of the omnibus bill.

News and Notes

The 2018 Legislature must adjourn by May 21, 2018.

Bill Introductions


Committee deadlines set

House and Senate leadership have set the following deadlines for committees to complete their business this session:

• Thursday, March 22 — Committees must to act favorably on bills in the house of origin.

• Thursday, March 29 — Committees must to act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other body.

• Friday, April 20 — Committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.

The deadlines do not apply to the House Capital Investment, Taxes, Ways and Means, or Rules and Legislative Administration committees, nor the Senate Capital Investment, Finance, Taxes or Rules and Administration committees.

Members not seeking re-election

The Legislative Reference Library has a list of House members not seeking re-election in 2018. 

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