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.
Filing state income taxes will be much more complex and costly for individuals and businesses if the Legislature does not respond to recent changes in the federal tax code.
The House welcomed its newest member, and party leaders outlined their priorities on the first day of the 2018 session.
This week's Starting Line looks at a bill that would require sales taxes generated by off-sale Sunday liquor sales to go toward funding chemical dependency treatment programs.
Number of legislative days in a biennium 120 Number available for this year 58 Date by which members must complete their work May 21 ...
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