The third legislative deadline is today and legislators are busy with committee meetings, floor sessions, and visitors advocating on the issues important to them. We are starting to debate the House budget proposals on the floor this week. Yesterday, we debated the Environment & Natural Resource budget and Tax budget bills. Today we are taking up the House budget proposals for Education and Transportation. These major budget bills are assembled by the majority and called “omnibus” bills, because they include many provisions heard in committee from a variety of legislators.
House Omnibus Bills
Every two years the majority party groups each part of the state budgets overseen by individual committees together and passes them as omnibus bills. Omnibus bills contain many provisions from many individual bills that were heard in committees throughout the session. If you would like to read more about omnibus bills you can click here. After these bills move from the House, they will have to be compared with their companions in the Senate during conference committees, and then return to the full House to be voted up or down by Representatives.
2017 Legislative Survey
I encourage residents of our district to take a few minutes to share their thoughts by taking my legislative survey. You can find the survey online here. I appreciate hearing directly from you and reading your thoughts on issues at the legislature. Thank you for your participation!
Town Hall Reminder
Tomorrow, Senator Ann Rest, Representative Mike Freiberg and I will be hosting another opportunity for you to discuss legislative priorities with our legislative team. I am also pleased to share that we will be joined by Myron Frans, Commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget. Commissioner Frans will be available to answer questions about the budgeting process in Minnesota, as we enter these final weeks of the legislative session.
What: Town Hall with Rep. Lyndon Carlson, Rep. Mike Freiberg, Sen. Ann Rest and Commissioner Myron Frans
When: 9:30-11:00am, Saturday, April 1st
Where: Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Dr N, Minneapolis, MN 55429
Members of the public are welcome to attend with questions. The meeting is free and open to the public. Individuals may come and go as they please. I hope you can join us!