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Current Legislative Session
April 16, 2018
This Friday is the deadline for all budget bills to be passed out of budget divisions and sent to Ways and Means and Finance committees.
The Governor’s tax proposal on conforming to the federal tax law was introduced on Thursday, and will be heard in House Tax committee on Tuesday and in Senate tax committee on Thursday, It is expected that the House and Senate Republicans will also introduce their respective tax proposals this week.
Constitutional adjournment of the regular session is 5 weeks away.
April 2, 2018
The first two committee deadlines for passage of policy bills has now passed, which means that any bill that has not passed all required policy committees in both bodies is dead for the session. As you can see by the attached tracking list, very few of the bills being tracked for your association have made it past these deadlines.
The Legislature is now on their Easter/Passover break, returning Monday, April 9. The last 6 weeks of the session before their required adjournment on May 21st will be spent working on federal tax conformity, bonding, policy bills sent to finance committees, and a supplemental budget bill.
March 26, 2018:
Last Thursday was the first policy committee deadline, this coming Thursday, March 29th is the second policy deadline. After that date, policy committee work will end, and the Legislature will turn their focus to tax and appropriations committee work.
The Legislature will be taking an Easter/Passover break from March 30-April 8. When they return on April 9, there will be 6 weeks until the constitutionally mandated deadline of May 21st.
March 19, 2018:
The Governor delivered his last State of the State address to the Legislature last Wednesday, and released his supplemental budget and tax proposals on Friday.
The Governor has taken the position that the federal tax bill passed in December overwhelmingly favored business and wealthy Americans, and as a result, his tax proposal would instead give tax cuts and benefits to individuals and families.
If the Minnesota Legislature does nothing to respond to the federal tax law, state taxes will rise; if the Legislature fully conforms to the federal tax law, matching all the changes made at the federal level, state taxes would rise by an even higher number. Failing to pass any tax legislation would result in a headache for Minnesotan tax filers, requiring two entirely different forms.
This Thursday is the first policy committee deadline of the session; the 2nd and final policy deadline is the following Thursday, March 29. After that date, the work of all policy committees is expected to be complete for the session.
The Legislature will then take an Easter/Passover break until April 9, and then will have 6 weeks until the constitutionally mandated adjournment of their regular session on May 21.
March 12, 2018:
The Legislature has now completed the third week of the 2018 session. The first policy committee deadline of March 22 is fast approaching, when policy bills must have passed all policy committees in one body that need to see it.
Committees have been discussing proposals on:
The Governor will be making his last State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature on Wednesday evening, and has announced that he will be releasing his proposed supplemental budget and tax proposals the following day. Release of his budget should begin the serious deliberations on how Minnesota should conform or make changes to the federal tax bill passed in late December.
February 28, 2018:
The Legislature is now in their second week of the session. There are 12 weeks remaining before the constitutional adjournment of May 21.
They began hearings last week on federal tax legislation and how and whether the state should conform to these changes. They also passed legislation restoring the House and Senate’s legislative two-year funding of $129 million that Governor Dayton had vetoed last May due to his opposition over some of provisions for business tax relief. He is expected to sign this bill.
The February budget forecast will be announced on Wednesday this week and is expected to show a surplus. The Governor will be submitting his supplemental budget and tax reform request to the Legislature by mid-March, likely when he makes his state of the state address to the Legislature on March 14.
While committee deadlines have not yet been announced, it appears that the first policy deadline will be March 22, and the second deadline will be March 29, just before the Legislature takes off for their Easter/Passover break.
If you should have any questions about legislation MDLA is monitoring, please feel free to contact Richard J. Thomas, Burke & Thomas, 651-490-1808, firstname.lastname@example.org, Thomas E. Marshall, Engelmeier & Umanah, P.A., 612-341-8131, email@example.com or Bryan Mowry, MDLA Executive Director, 651-366-6099, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bills are constantly being introduced and amended/changed. MDLA's Law Improvement Committee is always interested in your opinions on the legislation it is monitoring.
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