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Lawmakers return for special session as budget talks continue 

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The first special session of 2021 convened Monday as lawmakers gathered, largely in person, to resume efforts to pass the two-year budget needed to fund the state’s government that would shut down if an agreement is not reached before July 1.

Four weeks have passed since the Legislature adjourned its 2021 regular session May 17, when legislative leaders agreed with Gov. Tim Walz on the size of the roughly $52 billion budget and the monetary targets needed to negotiate the many unfinished budget bills.

But little has happened in the public eye since then, although agreements have reportedly been reached on the higher education, commerce and energy, and agriculture budgets, along with language to distribute Legacy funds. And deals in several others areas appear close.

However, talks are still underway on more contentious areas, such as public safety, and it remains to be seen whether the ongoing negotiations will remain behind the scenes.

During a morning press conference, House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) said she expects the special session to last seven to 10 days, with members likely to convene every day except Father’s Day this Sunday. Read more at Session Daily

Live Video

Event Schedule

AUGUST 2: Session Daily Update
Monday, August 2 2021 8/2/2021 12:55 PM
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Updates from the House

AUGUST 2: Joint hearing of the House Human Services Finance and Policy & the Health Finance and Policy committees
Monday, August 2 2021 8/2/2021 1:00 PM
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Minnesota Sex Offender Program update.

2022 Regular Legislative Session
Monday, January 31 2022 1/31/2022 12:00 PM
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The House stands adjourned until Monday, January 31, 2022, at 12:00 noon.

News and Notes

Special Session Bill Introductions: HF69

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