Happy Friday the 13th. Hope you’re not superstitious.
Just over one week remains until the 2022 legislative session must constitutionally end on May 23. But Sec. 4, Art. 21 of the Minnesota Constitution says "Passage of bills on last day of session prohibited. No bill shall be passed by either house upon the day prescribed for adjournment.”
So Sunday, May 22 is the actual deadline for lawmakers to finish their work, and with the Republican state convention today and tomorrow in Rochester pausing many of the conference committees working to resolve differences in House and Senate bills, time to pass major omnibus legislation is dwindling.
As negotiations continue behind the scenes, few conference committees currently have hearings scheduled, but due to the fluid nature of events this time of year check out the Combined Legislative Meeting Calendar for the most comprehensive list of upcoming conference committee meetings.
Have a good weekend, avoid walking under ladders, and here’s a look back at what you may have missed over the last few days.
Work ahead for conference committee reconciling omnibus agriculture, broadband and housing bill
BUSINESS AND COMMERCE
House OKs legislation legalizing sports betting
Lifting of growler cap included in liquor bill that passes House
Education conference committee gets down to business of bridging bill differences
Wide gulf to bridge in jobs, energy and commerce conference committee
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
What’s the difference? Environment conference committee compares bills
Environment committee approves changes to distribution of lottery sales funds, LCCMR composition
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
HHS omnibus bill conference committee takes first steps
Mental health the focus of first education conference committee meeting
U of M athletics among differences in House, Senate omnibus higher education positions
House approves measure allowing per diems for Hennepin County advisory board, commission members
House OK’s cleanup of Bloomington’s HRA statutory authority
House passes bill aiming to close ‘treatment gap’ for those found incompetent to stand trial
Judiciary and public safety conference committee begins with ‘good discussion’ of major differences
House passes bill making minor redistricting corrections
Trio wrongly imprisoned would get relief via claims bill passed by House
State government, transportation conferees begin trek toward agreement as time runs short
Supporters say universal transit system would offer parity, efficiency