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A short 2018 session is off the starting block — what comes next?

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The 2018 legislative session opened Tuesday with a 27-minute get-together and lawmakers picking up right where they left off after adjourning before last year’s Memorial Day weekend.

While legislators will return to addressing some unfinished business – like adding new oversight to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority – they face new challenges this year such as conforming the state’s tax system to the recently updated federal tax code. Both parties’ members agree there are new issues to tackle, from workplace discrimination to infrastructure and facility maintenance spending, but they differ in how these topics will be handled.

Regardless, there’s a three-month sprint ahead for lawmakers who must complete their work by the May 21 constitutional deadline.

Most of the day’s business was consumed with procedural moves, but the newest member of the chamber, Rep. Jeremy Munson (R-Lake Crystal), was sworn in after winning a race to replace former Rep. Tony Cornish in a Feb. 12 special election

Read the full story at Session Daily 


Live Video

Event Schedule

House Subcommittee on Workplace Safety and Respect
Monday, April 23 2018 9:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
MN House of Representatives Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment revisions.
R17 Resolution on Workplace Safety and Respect.

House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee
Monday, April 23 2018 11:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
Calendar for the Day: April 25, 2018.

Session Daily Update
Monday, April 23 2018 12:55 PM
Watch: Live Event
Session Daily Update

House Floor Session
Monday, April 23 2018 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF3389 (Scott) Child support modification presumptions modified.
HF3833 (Schomacker) Financial exploitation protections provided for older and vulnerable adults.
HF2743 (Smith) Actions for damages based on services or construction to improve real property regulated, and limitation on actions provided.
HF3280 (Lueck) Wild rice water findings established and listing authorized, application of water quality standards nullified and restricted, report required, and money appropriated.
HF817 (Loonan) Interference or attempted interference with point-of-sale terminals, gas pump dispensers, and automated teller machines crime established.

House Ways and Means Committee*
Monday, April 23 2018 5:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
* Committee will meet approximately 5:00 p.m., or at the call of the Chair after Floor Session.
HF3638 (Nornes) Omnibus Higher Education Finance bill.
HF4328 (Loon) Omnibus Education Finance bill (pending referral).
- It is the Chair's intention to move to amend the language of HF3638 (Nornes) onto HF4328 (Loon).

TUESDAY: House Taxes Committee
Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF4385 (Davids) Individual income, corporate franchise, property, sales and use, estate, tobacco, and other tax provision various modifications made (Omnibus Tax bill.)

TUESDAY: House Floor Session*
Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
* The start time of Tuesday's Floor Session has not yet been set.
HF2391 (Franson) Health savings and medical savings accounts regulated; and asset protection provided.
HF1415 (Albright) Fantasy sports authorized and regulated, and money appropriated.
HF3548 (Miller) Agricultural transportation hours of service requirements modified.
HF3552 (Smith) Residential use definition under the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act modified.

TUESDAY: House Ways and Means Committee*
Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:15 AM
Watch: Rebroadcast
* Start time is approximately 10:15 a.m., or at the call of the Chair after Floor Session.
HF2856 (Johnson, B.) Omnibus Public Safety and Security Finance bill.
HF4167 (Gunther) Omnibus Legacy Finance bill.
Items may be added to the agenda.
- The deadline for amendments to HF2856 is Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m.
- Please send amendments via email to Committee Administrator, Harry Kennedy, at harry.kennedy@house.mn

WEDNESDAY: House Floor Session*
Wednesday, April 25 2018 10:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
* The start time of Wednesday's Floor Session has not yet been set.
CALENDAR FOR THE DAY to be determined.

News and Notes

The 2018 Legislature must adjourn by May 21, 2018.

Bill Introductions


Committee deadlines set

House and Senate leadership have set the following deadlines for committees to complete their business this session:

• Thursday, March 22 — Committees must to act favorably on bills in the house of origin.

• Thursday, March 29 — Committees must to act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other body.

• Friday, April 20 — Committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.

The deadlines do not apply to the House Capital Investment, Taxes, Ways and Means, or Rules and Legislative Administration committees, nor the Senate Capital Investment, Finance, Taxes or Rules and Administration committees.

Members not seeking re-election

The Legislative Reference Library has a list of House members not seeking re-election in 2018. 

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