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A short 2018 session is off the starting block — what comes next?

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The 2018 legislative session opened Tuesday with a 27-minute get-together and lawmakers picking up right where they left off after adjourning before last year’s Memorial Day weekend.

While legislators will return to addressing some unfinished business – like adding new oversight to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority – they face new challenges this year such as conforming the state’s tax system to the recently updated federal tax code. Both parties’ members agree there are new issues to tackle, from workplace discrimination to infrastructure and facility maintenance spending, but they differ in how these topics will be handled.

Regardless, there’s a three-month sprint ahead for lawmakers who must complete their work by the May 21 constitutional deadline.

Most of the day’s business was consumed with procedural moves, but the newest member of the chamber, Rep. Jeremy Munson (R-Lake Crystal), was sworn in after winning a race to replace former Rep. Tony Cornish in a Feb. 12 special election

Read the full story at Session Daily 


Live Video

Event Schedule

House Subcommittee on Workplace Safety and Respect
Monday, March 26 2018 9:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
Expert testimony:.
- Steven Smith, Nichols Kaster.
- Ellen Sampson, formerly with Stinson Leonard Street.
- Tina Marisam, University of Minnesota Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office.
- Laura Kushner, League of Minnesota Cities.
- Kiesha Mayes, UnitedHealth Group.
- Emma Denny, Halunen Law Firm.
- Kelly Jeanetta, Kelly A Jeanetta Law Firm, LLC.
Minnesota Management and Budget testifying on the January "Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy and Procedures Report".

House Ways and Means Committee
Monday, March 26 2018 10:15 AM
Watch: Live Event
Discussion regarding governor's supplemental budget recommendations.
- Commissioner Myron Frans and Minnesota Management and Budget staff.
Overview of Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.
- Commissioner Mary Tingerthal and MHFA staff.
HF2739 (Hertaus) Wayzata; US Highway 12 designated as Officer Bill Mathews Memorial Highway.
HF2908 (Wills) Rosemount; US Highway 52 designated as Warrant Office Dennis A Groth Memorial Bridge.
HF2967 (Lohmer) Collection of information on the connection between pornography and sex trafficking required, and authorized penalty assessment expanded to include additional crimes.
HF3232 (O'Neill) Solar energy incentive program modified.
HF3371 (Fenton) Criminal penalties established for peace officers who have sexual relations with persons in custody.
* Bills may be heard in any order.
* It may be necessary to recess and reconvene after session.

House Legacy Funding Finance Committee
Monday, March 26 2018 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF4048 (Mahoney) Saint Paul; Phalen Park Chinese garden funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF3489 (Hausman) Bell Museum of Natural History funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF2415 (Bliss) Veterans' Voices radio programing funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF4168 (Gunther) Parks and Trails Fund restoration evaluation requirements modified.
HF4167 (Gunther) Land acquisition with money from the Outdoor Heritage Fund requirements modified.
Minnesota Public Television Legacy presentation.
Historical Society presentation.

House Veterans Affairs Division
Monday, March 26 2018 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Minnesota Historical Society presentation on Fort Snelling proposal.
Department of Veterans Affairs presentation on Minneapolis Veterans Home Building 22 dedication.
Minnesota Management and Budget presentation on state efforts to recruit, hire and retain veterans.
Department of Employment and Economic Development presentation on veterans hiring programs.
Veterans Defense Fund presentation.
Veterans Journey Home presentation.

Session Daily Update
Monday, March 26 2018 3:25 PM
Watch: Live Event
Representative Steve Green (R-Fosston) discusses his bill criminalizing the misrepresentation of service animals.

House Floor Session
Monday, March 26 2018 3:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF2982 (Hamilton) University of Minnesota agricultural research data classified.
HF3418 (O'Driscoll) Motor vehicle service contract requirements changed.
HF3157 (Green) Misrepresenting an animal as a service animal made a crime.

News and Notes

The 2018 Legislature must adjourn by May 21, 2018.

Bill Introductions


Committee deadlines set

House and Senate leadership have set the following deadlines for committees to complete their business this session:

• Thursday, March 22 — Committees must to act favorably on bills in the house of origin.

• Thursday, March 29 — Committees must to act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other body.

• Friday, April 20 — Committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.

The deadlines do not apply to the House Capital Investment, Taxes, Ways and Means, or Rules and Legislative Administration committees, nor the Senate Capital Investment, Finance, Taxes or Rules and Administration committees.

Easter/Passover recess

The Legislature will be in recess for the Easter/Passover holidays from March 30-April 8, 2018. Legislative activity may resume at 8 a.m. April 9.

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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