(Updated: 8:25 p.m.)
With mere hours left before the Legislature’s constitutionally mandated adjournment of midnight Monday, major pieces of the two-year $46 billion budget remain untouched.
The House and Senate passed the omnibus judiciary and public safety bill, but massive required spending packages to fund E-12 education, transportation, health and human services and some executive branch agencies haven’t seen the light of day. Meanwhile, lawmakers don’t necessarily have to pass bills that fund tax cuts and bonding projects.
Legislative leaders have been meeting in marathon closed-door sessions with the Dayton administration throughout the day. If officials can’t agree to budget deals, they have until June 30 to fund different portions of state government before programs and services are shut down.
Republican lawmakers, who control both the House and Senate, entered the final three days of the session vowing to push ahead with their renewed budget bills without any public agreement from Gov. Mark Dayton. The following day, Saturday, was slow under the dome with legislative leaders and the administration negotiating behind closed doors. The $219.8 million omnibus agriculture bill passed, however, capping the night with the first of 10 budget bills finished.
Shortly after the Monday sunrise, both chambers passed the omnibus jobs bill.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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