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2016 session goes sine die, but will loose ends mean a special session?

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The words “sine die” had barely been uttered before legislators started talking special session.

When the 2016 legislative session began less than 11 weeks ago, lawmakers knew they had their work cut out for them. Beginning on the latest start date in recent memory due to Capitol construction (with no running water and only portable toilets), leaders weren’t convinced  they find agreement on the session priorities of transportation, taxes and bonding.

A bonding bill still seemed possible in the last minutes Sunday before the constitutionally mandated midnight deadline, and Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he hadn’t given up hope on a transportation compromise until the final hour of session. But a sticking point in transportation negotiations — state funding for the proposed Southwest light rail line from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie — also derailed the bonding bill at 11:57 p.m. when the Senate amended the bill just as the House adjourned sine die. (Read more)


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2017 - Opening Day of the 90th Session of the Minnesota Legislature
Tuesday, January 3 2017 12:00 PM
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The 2017 session is scheduled to begin Jan. 3, 2017


House members who have formally announced they will not be seeking re-election in 2016:

Rep. Mark Anderson (R-Lake Shore)

Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights)

Rep. Dave Hancock (R-Bemidji)

Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Red Wing)

Rep. Tara Mack (R-Apple Valley)

Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing)

Rep. Kim Norton (DFL-Rochester)

Rep. Tim Sanders (R-Blaine)

Rep. Yvonne Selcer (DFL-Minnetonka)

Rep. Jason Isaacson (DFL-Little Canada)

Rep. Carolyn Laine (DFL-Columbia Heights)

Rep. Jerry Newton (DFL-Coon Rapids)

Rep. Dan Schoen (DFL-St. Paul Park)

Rep. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth)


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