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House speaker says Friday the earliest possible start for special session

House Speaker Melissa Hortman has said the earliest a special session could begin this week is Friday, May 24. Photo by Andrew VonBank

The House’s top lawmaker has said the earliest a special session could occur this week is Friday, as Gov. Tim Walz, House DFL and Senate Republican leaders continue to hammer out details of a $48 billion budget agreement.

House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) laid out the new timeline Wednesday evening in an email to House members and staff. The original plan put forward publicly by the governor and legislative leaders was for a one-day special session beginning on Thursday.

Lawmakers ended the regular 2019 session at midnight Monday having failed to pass nine of the 10 omnibus finance bills that will form the state’s two-year 2020-21 budget. A special session is needed before June 30 to continue funding state operations.

“The special session start date has not yet been agreed upon, however the earliest it could be is this Friday, May 24th,” Hortman wrote.

House committees and divisions on Wednesday began hearing compromise versions of omnibus finance bills that are expected to be taken up in a special session, whenever it is called. Informational meetings are scheduled to continue Thursday.

Keep up-to-date with the latest combined legislative calendar and check back to Session Daily for more details in the lead-up to a special session.

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