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Current Legislative Session

2019 Legislative Bill Status Report (pdf)

May 21, 2019

The regular legislative session adjourned last night, as required by the Constitution. Leadership did reach a global agreement on the budget late Sunday, but not in time to get all the budget and tax bills resolved and passed; they only passed one of the 10 budget bills before they adjourned, so there is much work left to do in special session. They hope to resolve it yet this week, but that might be ambitious—there are still many issues in contention in the remaining bills.

May 20, 2019

Legislative leadership reached a global budget agreement last night, 30 hours before the regular session is required to adjourn their regular session. The 10 appropriations and tax conference committees have now been given their targets of how much they can spend, but there are many other provisions in their bills that need to be worked out. As a result, a special session will need to occur. Leadership has set a daunting goal of completing committee work by later today, with the hopes of a one day special session on Thursday.

Details of the global agreement:

  • No gas tax increase
  • Mnlars fix(vehicle registration system)
  • Blue ribbon panel on health and human service issues to reduce spending
  • 1.8 provider tax continues after dec 2019
  • 2%/2% education funding increase
  • Reinsurance Healthcare program continues for 2 years
  • election security funds appropriated
  • 2nd tier income tax reduction, beginning in 2019 from 7.05% to 6.8%—will use some of budget reserves to pay for this.
  • Tax bill will have a zero  target, meaning no net tax increases. They will do federal conformity
  • $500M in bonding, mainly transportation and housing

The news of most interest to MDLA is that the global agreement includes $125M in additional spending for the public safety/judiciary committee. That’s $101.3M less than the governor proposed; $107M less than the House. But it’s $99.7M more than the Senate originally offered. As you may recall, because of the Senate's original low budget number, there were no funds available for any of the court requests.

We will keep you posted on special session plans and what survives in the final bills, particularly on some of the employment bills.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Sandy

May 14, 2019

We are not sending an updated tracking list today because nothing has changed since last week. All budget and tax bills remain in conference committee and negotiations continue between legislative leadership and the Governor to reach agreement on a proposed budget for the next biennium. The May 6 deadline that they had set for reaching agreement on targets was not met, and the May 13 deadline of completing conference committee work will obviously also not be met.

The news that the state had a $489 surplus in state revenues in April will likely be relevant in their continuing negotiations.

The constitution requires adjournment of the regular session by next Monday, May 20.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Sandy Neren

May 13, 2019

All 10 budget and tax bills are now in conference committee, and all conference committees are scheduled to meet most of this week to reach agreement.

Leadership set a deadline for Monday, May 6 for agreement on the spending targets for each of the conference committee; we’ll see if they meet that self-imposed deadline! They also imposed a May 13 deadline for all conference committees to complete work on their bills and return them to the floor.

We’ll keep you posted on how their work progresses this week.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Sandy

April 9, 2019

The House and Senate committees are now working on meeting the third committee deadline this Friday, April 12, and are processing their omnibus budget committees through budget divisions. The House expects to pass all the budget bills through the Ways and Means committee also before they recess after Friday for the Easter/Passover 10 day break.

The House Judiciary bill includes 3% pay raises for appellate court judges, and 4% raises for the district court judges. It adds two new judges in the 7th district, and $5M in funds for cybersecurity for the biennium. The Senate judiciary finance bill, though, includes none of those items.

March 27, 2019

This coming Friday is the 2nd committee deadline; after that date, the work of policy committees should be complete, and attention will turn to budget and tax committee work.
 
The House is expected to release their budget target on Monday; the Senate is expected to announce theirs on Friday.
 
The House floor passed their amended version of the sex harassment standard this past week; the Senate’s version is awaiting action on the Senate floor.

March 11, 2019

Highlights:

  • The first committee deadline is this coming Friday; a bill must be considered by all policy committees that need to review it in one house by that date.
  • The Governor released his tax bill on Thursday; hearings will begin on it in the House Tax committee this week.
  • He has also released most of his spending bills.
  • The House and Senate are expected to release their respective budget and tax bills by the last week of the month.

If you should have any questions about legislation MDLA is monitoring, please feel free to contact Richard J. Thomas, Burke & Thomas, 651-490-1808, thomas@burkeandthomas.com, Thomas E. Marshall, Engelmeier & Umanah, P.A., 612-341-8131, tomm@e-ulaw.com or Margaux Meyer, MDLA Executive Director, 651-288-3433, director@mdla.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.

Minnesota State Legislature

For complete legislative information, visit www.leg.state.mn.us. Minnesota House of Representatives information can be found at www.house.leg.state.mn.us. Minnesota Senate information can be found at www.senate.leg.state.mn.us.

House and Senate Resources

Senate Information Office
Room 231, State Capitol
651-296-0504 (metro)
1-888-234-1112 (outstate toll free)
www.senate.leg.state.mn.us

House Public Information Office
Room 175 State Office Building
651-296-2146 (metro)
1-800-657-3550 (outstate toll free)
www.house.leg.state.mn.us

House Chief Clerk
Room 211 State Capitol
651-296-2314
www.house.leg.state.mn.us

House Index
Room 211 State Capitol
651-296-6646
www.house.leg.state.mn.us


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