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Session adjourns with new funding, tax conformity hanging in the balance

Capitol nightfall

Remember February? The days were shorter, colder and lawmakers prioritized conforming Minnesota’s tax code with a December federal overhaul, patching MNLARS, groups were jockeying for capital investment money and, at the end of that month – 12 weeks ago – the administration announced the state had a projected extra $329 million in the bank.

Fast-forward to Sunday, the final day of the 90th legislative session, which ended at 11:48 p.m., shortly after the House approved a pensions-related bill. But most of the day, Republican legislators and the governor spent going back and forth at each other in the media.

Early Sunday morning, the House passed a massive omnibus supplemental spending package. Then, around 4 p.m. Sunday, the House, in the second attempt within a week, passed a tax conformity bill that included special education funding requested by Gov. Mark Dayton. With minutes remaining before the constitutional deadline, the House passed a $1.4 billion capital investment bill and sent it to the governor. Read more at Session Daily

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Event Schedule

Session Daily Update
Tuesday, September 25 2018 1:55 PM
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• Review of House member resignations.
• Preparations for Election Directory.
• State Fair 2018 re-cap.

Joint meeting of the House Transportation Finance and Transportation and Regional Governance Policy committees
Tuesday, September 25 2018 2:00 PM
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• Safety and security on the Metro Transit system.
• Details on the agreement between the Met Council and the Twin Cities & Western Railroad (TCWR) in the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) corridor, and how this impacts the future operations budget for the Met Council.
• Hiring issues at Metro Transit and impacts to service and budget.

Session Daily Update
Wednesday, September 26 2018 9:25 AM
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Session Daily Update

MNLARS Steering Committee
Wednesday, September 26 2018 9:30 AM
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• Presentation by Department of Public Safety (DPS)/MN.IT of Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS) Steering Committee Report dated September 11.
• MNLARS Transaction Accuracy audit presentation by Office of the Legislative Auditor.
- Judy Randall, Deputy Legislative Auditor, and Scott Tjomsland, Audit Director.
• Request by agencies to shift funding from FAST Enterprises contract.
• Agency timeline of planned upgrades, anticipated ramp downs and staff reductions.
• Provide committee full list of the 127 items or more which are not completed for MNLARS, sorted into categories as to ease of accomplishment and level of complication.
• Provide detailed list of the planned two upgrades and status of specialty plate transfers capability.
• Limited driver’s license agent requirement to do background checks.
• Provide update on duplicate title processing capabilities for deputy registrar offices and fees received by deputy registrars to do duplicate title processing.
• Update on staffing levels for phone banks and email processing:.
- How many are contract workers vs DPS staff.
- Ally Business Solutions contract.
- How are these positions being funded.
• Feedback from affected groups.

2019: Opening Day of 91st Session of the Minnesota Legislature
Tuesday, January 8 2019 12:00 PM
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Minnesota Statute 3.011:.
The legislature shall meet at the seat of government on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January of each odd-numbered year.
When the first Monday in January falls on January 1, it shall meet on the first Wednesday after the first Monday.
Anticipated Opening Day events:.
• Members-elect take the oath of office.
• Election of speaker of the House.
• Election of chief clerk of the House.
• Election of other officers of the House.
• Adoption of Temporary Rules of the House.

News and Notes

The 2019 Legislature is scheduled to begin Jan. 8 at noon. It must end by May 20.


Members not seeking re-election

The Legislative Reference Library has a list of House members not seeking re-election in 2018. 


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