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‘No easy fix:’ legislative reform subcommittee holds first meeting

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When the 2019 regular legislative session failed to produce an agreement on nearly all major budget bills needed to fund the state government for the next two years, lawmakers were forced into a one-day special session to wrap up their work.

Such special sessions have become the rule rather than the exception in recent years, and they’re one of the reasons the House Subcommittee on Legislative Process Reform was created.

“Minnesotans expect and deserve a modern, efficient, and transparent legislative process,” House Speaker Melissa Hortman said in a statement.

At its first meeting Wednesday, members received overviews from nonpartisan staff on the state’s budget process and how several House committees and divisions navigated that process during the 2019 session, as well as past process reform efforts.

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Recent Dailies

House passes $64 million in environmental trust fund appropriations
The House on Wednesday approved a plan Wednesday to spend $64.3 million in appropriations from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.
Final budget legislation — a wide-ranging state government finance bill — passes House
Making elections safer and more accessible for all Minnesotans and enhanced cybersecurity are two of the many goals of a bill that would also fund many governmental operations.
With some changes, House passes environment and natural resources omnibus bill
Sponsored by Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul) and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria), the bill, as amended to include the House language, would appropriate $1.75 billion in the 2020-21 biennium.
Touting tuition freeze and grants increase, House passes omnibus higher ed bill
After burning the midnight oil like college students cramming for finals, House members returned to the floor at midday Tuesday to approve the omnibus higher education finance bill.
Late-night legislating: Gun provisions remain in omnibus public safety bill passed in wee hours
It took seven hours Monday night and into the early-morning hours of Tuesday, but the House passed its omnibus public safety bill 70-64.
House passes transportation plan that hikes gas tax for extensive road, bridge funding
The House on Monday passed an omnibus transportation finance bill that would hike the state’s gas tax by 20 cents in coming years and inject billions of new dollars into road, bridge and transit budgets that state officials say are desperately needed.
Starting Line: Tax credit proposal would replace some child care assistance programs
Rep. Tim Miller is proposing a new child care tax credit in lieu of state-run child care assistance programs.
Week in Review: April 22-26
A look back at what happened in the Minnesota House of Representatives the week of April 22-26.
House hits pause on transportation bill debate at close of busy week
More than 50 amendments had yet to be debated when the House moved to adjourn shortly after 3 p.m. in observance of the Passover holiday.
Cooperation — mostly — takes center stage as House passes omnibus agriculture, housing bill
In one of the strongest shows of bipartisanship as the House powers through its major budget bills, the omnibus agriculture, food and housing finance bill was passed 99-28 in a couple of hours Friday.

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Priority Dailies

House DFL outlines $47.8 billion 2020-21 spending proposal
The plan, dubbed the “Minnesota Values Budget,” would increase spending by $416.9 million over the 2020-21 biennium’s projected base budget.
Budget forecast: Projected surplus drops by almost $500 million, still tops $1 billion
The state has a $1.05 billion projected budget surplus for the upcoming biennium, Minnesota Management and Budget officials announced Thursday.
Walz budget would raise gas tax, emphasize education, health care
Education, health care and community prosperity are key targets for funding in the 2020-21 biennial budget proposed by Gov. Tim Walz.
Committee deadlines for 2019 unveiled
Legislators and the public officially know the timeline for getting bills through the committee process.

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