It took a special session, but the state government is funded for the 2018-19 biennium. The fiscal year begins July 1, so most provisions in the funding bills signed by Gov. Mark Dayton take effect Saturday.
Also on tap July 1: Sunday sales. The law that sheds Minnesota's long-running prohibition on Sunday off-sale liquor sales goes into effect Saturday, allowing liquor stores across the state to keep their doors open through the weekend (should they choose).
Find out more information about other new laws taking effect July 1 at http://www.house.mn/hinfo/leginfo/0717nlrelease.pdf.
Summaries of all laws passed by the 2017 Legislature during regular and special sessions are available online from nonpartisan House Public Information Services here.
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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It was a day of selfies, swearings-in and standing ovations as the House opened the 2017-18 biennial session Tuesday.