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DFL members offered more than a dozen amendments, all of which failed or were withdrawn.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).
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