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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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, Governor Dayton signed the 2018 capital investment bill into law. This new law includes $79.4 million for the University of Minnesota.
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.
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.
The Minnesota State Legislature is scheduled to adjourn on May 21, meaning only 10 more days of session remain. While many issues have come into focus, others are far from resolution, including major topics such as a supplemental budget agreement, a capital investment agreement, and a tax bill to conform Minnesota state law with the recently enacted federal tax bill.
Today marks the final committee deadline at the state legislature, meaning all policy and finance bills must have received an affirmative vote in committee or are no longer viable.
Yesterday, the House Republican majority released its budget "targets" for the 2018 session. The targets guide spending decisions by the legislature. The Senate Republican majority has not yet introduced its own budget targets reflecting its priorities. Minnesota Management and Budget projected a $329 million surplus for the state.