With minutes remaining in the 2015 legislative session, House lawmakers approved the plan to distribute Minnesota’s legacy funds during the next biennium, voting 123-11 late Monday evening to pass HF303*/ SF202, the legacy omnibus bill.
However, the $540 million bill — sponsored by Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City) — was not passed by the Senate before the session came to an end. Sen. Richard Cohen (DFL-St. Paul) is the Senate sponsor.
Dozens of programs and institutions depend on legacy money to one degree or another to operate.
From the Minnesota Zoo and Minnesota State Arts Board, to the millions meant to fund new buffer policy in the omnibus environment, natural resources and agriculture policy and finance bill passed earlier in the evening, the legacy bill provisions could be addressed in a special session or action may have to wait until the 2016 session.
The funds were created by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008 to benefit the environment, arts, parks, trails and other state resources.
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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