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On Saturday, June 20, both the House and Senate adjourned the special session sine die, unable to come to agreement on major issues.
The Minnesota Legislature adjourned the 2020 regular session last night sine die. Despite a flurry of negotiations over the final weekend, legislators were unable to reach agreement on major issues like capital investment and taxes.
We have entered the final stretch of the state legislative regular session. Only 13 days remain until adjournment. Although we expect multiple special sessions throughout summer and fall, lawmakers will complete the majority of this year’s work before May 18.
The Minnesota State Legislature has adjourned until Tuesday, April 14. During this extended recess the legislature will continue working by alternative means, but there will be no standing committee meetings or floor sessions. Legislators will meet on an on-call basis for emergency response and preparedness for COVID-19.
On Thursday, February 27, Minnesota Management and Budget announced that the state’s projected surplus for FY2020-21 has grown to $1.5 billion, up from $1.3 billion in November 2019.
The Minnesota House and Senate reconvened at noon, today, at the State Capitol for the start of the second regular session of the 91st Legislature.
Today, Governor Tim Walz released his 2020 capital investment recommendations. The proposal would provide $224.2 million for University of Minnesota capital projects.
With only a few minutes to spare before the self-imposed 7 a.m. Saturday morning deadline to end the special session, the House and Senate adjourned the session sine die on May 25, finalizing the remaining budget bills for the FY20-21 biennium that begins July 1. Legislators have returned to their districts. The 2020 legislative session will begin on February 11 at noon.
Late last night, after several hours of negotiations, the House and Senate passed the higher education omnibus appropriations bill. It is now headed to Governor Walz, who will sign it into law. The Minnesota Legislature subsequently adjourned at midnight, thereby concluding the regular legislative session.
On May 1, the Minnesota House and Senate completed their respective omnibus budget bills in areas like higher education, taxes, transportation, and public safety. All budget bills are now in conference committees, where members of both chambers will work out the differences.