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2016 session goes sine die, but will loose ends mean a special session?
By Katie Spielberger
House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, left, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt have a heated discussion during May 22 debate of the omnibus capital investment bill. Photo by Paul Battaglia
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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.

Nevertheless, House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) said Monday that the session had been “successful” overall, including the passage of a $182 million supplemental budget and $257 million tax bill, which he called “true compromise bills.”

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No bonding bill after chaotic close to 2016 legislative session
By Jonathan Avise

House and Senate lawmakers failed late Sunday to pass a roughly $1 billion borrowing package for public works projects across the state — traditionally the centerpiece of even-year legislative years — in the chaotic final minutes of the 2016 session.

House, Senate pass $182 million supplemental budget headed to governor
By Katie Spielberger

Although few members had read all of the 599 pages of the supplemental budget bill before it appeared on the House Floor Sunday, the bill was passed 95-39 with just over an hour left in the 2016 legislative session.

House repasses LCCMR appropriations bill, sends to governor
By Jonathan Mohr

The House voted 92-40 to adopt the conference committee report and repass HF2993/ SF2963* late Sunday, giving its go-ahead to a $46.34 million funding package for projects meant to benefit the state’s natural resources.

Omnibus state employee retirement bill passes House
By Katie Spielberger

The bill would set aside most of the “heavy financial lifting” until next year, its sponsor said, and would result in $88.5 million in savings to the state pension system from a one-year reduction in the cost-of-living adjustment for certain plans.

Railroad crossing requirements pass House as amended
By Nick Longworth

Additional requirements could be coming to utility companies looking to establish facilities along railroad tracks.

Omnibus tax bill wins overwhelming House support
By Lee Ann Schutz

While the bill received overwhelming bipartisan support, DFL leaders noted concern for ongoing tax breaks, and what that could mean to the state’s budget if the economy heads south.

Supplemental budget coming together one piece at a time
By HPIS Staff

In the waning hours of the legislative session, lawmakers are beginning to come to agreements on the supplemental budget.

House passes bill to reform substance use disorder treatment system
By Katie Spielberger

The bill responds to an invitation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services encouraging states to reform their substance use disorder treatment systems.

Pared-down game and fish bill, as amended, moves on
By Jonathan Mohr

The House voted 80-44 to pass HF2845/ SF2759* Saturday, amending a bill that deals with penalties for hunters with gross overlimits to provisions from the omnibus game and fish bill that was passed May 17.

Omnibus tax bill ready to return to the House Floor
By Lee Ann Schutz

Two years in the making, tax bill contains provisions that would provide $257 million in tax relief in the upcoming biennium and $543 million in the following two years.

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House GOP offers tab fee hike in effort to break transportation deadlock
By Jonathan Avise

House Republicans hoped to move toward a transportation compromise Tuesday morning, offering, for the first time, to support a comprehensive funding plan that would generate new revenue.

Capital investment chair: bonding bill outcome tied to taxes, transportation
By Jonathan Avise

Bonding committee chair Rep. Paul Torkelson says much depends on other big bills — but he has “every intention” of getting bill passed this session

House passes omnibus education bill with limited funding, controversial policy
By Katie Spielberger

An omnibus education bill with $56 million in additional funding for E-12 education and no funding for higher education passed the House Monday, 84-46. Rep. Jim Knoblach (R-St. Cloud) sponsors HF2749, which he said will also serve as the overarching supplemental budget bill for the House.

State’s projected budget surplus shrinks to $900 million
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State budget officials on Friday unveiled an updated economic forecast that projects a smaller two-year surplus for lawmakers to consider during a 2016 legislative session.

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