Minnesota House of Representatives

Menu

Public Information Services Menu

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

Live Video


Event Schedule

Session Daily Update
Tuesday, September 25 2018 1:55 PM
Watch: Live Event
• 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
Watch: Live Event
• 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
Watch: Live Event
Session Daily Update

MNLARS Steering Committee
Wednesday, September 26 2018 9:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
• 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
Watch: Live Event
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. 

 

Stay informed

Follow us on social media: Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

 
Follow that bill

You can follow bills throughout the legislative process by signing up for MyBills, a personalized way to track House and Senate bills by number. Find more information on how to follow House and Senate bills here

 
Resources

Want to contact your U.S. representative, the governor or a state agency? Click here for a roster of federal and state contacts. 

 

Public Information Services  ·   175 State Office Building, Saint Paul, MN 55155   ·   Public.Information@house.mn