Two committee deadlines are down and the third — when committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills — is two weeks away.
A key benchmark toward reaching that final deadline took place Friday afternoon when Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled his supplemental budget based off the state’s projected budget surplus.
Before that, things were hopping in the House with committees meeting day and night. Among issues addressed in the past five days include: collegiate student activity fees, data sharing, elections changes, gas tax revenue, jumbo shrimp, reinsurance program, teacher seniority, terrorism funding and zero-based budgeting.
Before looking ahead to next week which could include the first omnibus finance bill unveiling, let’s take a look at what you may have missed this week.
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Ag committee approves farm safety bill
Jumbo shrimp farms touted as new agriculture industry
More money for pre-K education, savings are priorities in governor’s revised budget
Howe pleads case for ‘painful’ state budgeting process
Governor, lawmakers agree families need help with care costs — but how much?
‘Snow Angel’ grants would provide $4 million for ski areas
Teacher seniority no guarantee of job retention under bill that passes House
Student concurrent enrollment programs seek equal footing
Omnibus elections bill calls for calendar shifts
Minnesotans could cast ballots marked ‘Challenged’
Political workers would not qualify for dislocated worker aid
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
LCCMR bill moves forward despite substantial changes
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Advocates call for more cash assistance to help families in need
Fees strain middle class families with children who are disabled
Some wanting to marry find they’d be barred from a state program
Group residential homes seek more funding to support services
House passes reinsurance program aimed at stabilizing individual market
Proposed post-secondary programs for students with disabilities offer opportunity
Mandatory Minnesota State student activity fees could be no more
Patchwork of local policies has lawmaker saying ‘no’ to their state aid
MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS
Making Minnesota better for veterans: Chair says ‘nonpolitical’ approach is best
Funding a terrorist act deserves a felony charge, bill says
Not just a metro problem — money sought to target central Minnesota sex traffickers
Starting line: Gun violence prevention bill hopes to boost community safety
Sheriffs could refer more inmates for local mental health services
RECREATION AND TOURISM
Minnesota Zoo seeks $3.75 million in Legacy funding
State’s IT service needs consolidation, $3 million in cuts proposed
Increased data sharing sought among government agencies
‘Deeper type’ of financial audit on CTIB, Met Council draws Otto’s ire
Push to find budget savings means mid-level agency numbers could dwindle
State employees could opt out of state’s insurance coverage
Minnesota Index: Shining a light on government data
Utilities would pay property taxes based on plants’ output
Cities make case for more local street funding
Lawmakers seek solution as more electric vehicles mean less gas tax revenue
Special license plate would ‘honor those who have fallen’
Road weight limit exemption sought for ambulances
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
Governor urges lawmakers to pass a big capital investment bill during budget-setting year; House Speaker has expressed doubt over bonding this session
It was a day of selfies, swearings-in and standing ovations as the House opened the 2017-18 biennial session Tuesday.