The House adopted its permanent rules for the 90th Session Thursday by a vote of 105-14.
The rules for the 2017-18 biennium include four changes from the previous session:
DFL members offered more than a dozen amendments, all of which failed or were withdrawn. They covered topics from banning the presiding officer from using a cell phone to committees and the body as a whole not meeting after midnight. Members spent the most time debating amendments that would have banned certain gifts and prohibited use of the mute button on the presiding officer’s rostrum.
In 2013, debate over a new rule requiring amendments to be filed 24 hours before action by the full House lasted more than nine hours. Two years ago, the new Republican majority maintained the pre-file requirement. A related amendment, unsuccessfully offered by Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester), would have banned pre-filing requirements by committees.
Debate on House Rules Thursday lasted more than four hours. “The reason we’re having a long debate tonight is because rules matter,” said Rep. Laurie Halverson (DFL-Eagan).
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
The budget process explained — and why it matters
$45 billion plan is about a 10 percent increase over current biennium
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It was a day of selfies, swearings-in and standing ovations as the House opened the 2017-18 biennial session Tuesday.