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President Kaler presents biennial budget request to the House and Senate higher ed committees

January 18, 2019

The State Capitol was awash with committee hearings this week as new and returning members began the important work of framing individual committee priorities, setting procedural rules, and learning about the work of the House and Senate’s 56 different legislative committees, subcommittees, and divisions. Traditionally, the first week of hearings involves overview presentations of each committee’s work and provides members with an opportunity to hear from nonpartisan staff and state agencies or other institutions over which the committees maintain jurisdiction.


Shutdown impact

January 11, 2019

As the shutdown begins its fourth week, we want to let you know the impact on the University of Minnesota. Our thanks to colleagues across the University for keeping a close eye on the situation. Please check for updates SPA has received from affected agencies. 


91st legislative session begins

January 8, 2019

At noon today, the Minnesota House and Senate gaveled in the 91st legislative session, electing Rep. Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) and Rep. Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) as speaker and House minority leader, respectively. This follows yesterday’s inauguration at the Fitzgerald Theater of Minnesota’s 41st governor, Tim Walz, and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan.


MN House and Senate Choose Leadership

November 9, 2018

Moving quickly to assemble leadership posts, both the Minnesota House and Senate members-elect chose their leadership yesterday and today in the first steps toward forming their overall governing structure and priorities. 


Happy New Year

October 17, 2018

The federal government began FY2019 on October 1 with the passage of 6 out of 12 appropriations bills and a Continuing Resolution until early December for the balance of the federal government's funding.


Summer in Washington

July 26, 2018

It's an election year –– the Minnesota primary is August 14. There's a Supreme Court opening. The Farm Bill is awaiting action. The Higher Education Act is on hold. And the Senate, but not the House, will be back in session in August.


2018 State Relations Session Summary

June 14, 2018

During the 2018 legislative session, the House introduced 1,819 bills and the Senate 1,672 bills. Over 8,600 bills in total were introduced in the biennium. In the end, this year, 115 bills were passed by the legislature, and the governor signed 100 into law. In total, 23 new laws are relevant to the University.


Governor signs capital investment bill

May 30, 2018

Today, Governor Dayton signed the 2018 capital investment bill into law. This new law includes $79.4 million for the University of Minnesota.


Minnesota State Legislature adjourns

May 25, 2018

At a few minutes before midnight last night, the Minnesota Legislature adjourned sine die, bringing to a close the 90th legislative session. Many outstanding issues went down to the wire. 


End of session draws near

May 18, 2018

Absent a special session, the state legislature will conclude its business when the clock strikes midnight on Sunday. With a little more than 48 hours to go, the path to resolution remains unclear.


Latest News


Elections Bring New UMN Alums to Congress and MN Legislature

November 8, 2018

With the results of Tuesday's election, there are many new UMN alums serving in elected office in Minnesota and Washington, D.C. 


UofM Alums Elected in Special Elections

February 13, 2018

Two state legislative special elections were held in Minnesota on Monday, sending two more University of Minnesota alums to the Legislature.


Growing Community and Local Government Relations

February 8, 2018

A driver of the success of the University is strong and vibrant communities surrounding our campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities.


Capital Investment Bonding Tours

January 19, 2018

Tours of campus bonding projects offer unique opportunities to explain the need for investments in the University.


About Government and Community Relations

December 22, 2017

The Government and Community Relations team at the University are your lobbyists and representatives at all levels of the government—representing the entire University of Minnesota system.