The omnibus tax bill, including a few extra hours for Super Bowl revelry, is headed to the governor.
In a 95-29 vote Thursday, HF1 was repassed with a Senate amendment that would allow 4 a.m. bar closing around the days when the 2018 Super Bowl will be held in Minneapolis. It was passed 44-20 by the Senate Wednesday.
The closing time would not be restricted to the Twin Cities metropolitan area, and would allow licensing jurisdictions to issue special permits for bars to sale intoxicating liquor up to 4 a.m. only from Feb. 2, 2018 - Feb. 5, 2018.
A fee up to but not to exceed $250 for a permit may be charged.
The provision was in the omnibus liquor bill, HF68, tabled in the regular session after Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center) successfully offered an amendment that sunk the House floor debate. Her amendment proposed to delete four sections of the bill directly related to brewery off-sales.
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.
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