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2022 Session Preview: A surplus surprise — and no shortage of ideas 

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When we last saw the Legislature in action, it was putting the final touches on a biennial budget that took effect minutes later.

Since that June 30, 2021 gathering of lawmakers — albeit many participating remotely — a pleasurable surprise has been handed to state leaders and legislators.

In December, state finance officials showed an expected $7.7 billion surplus for the biennium that ends June 30, 2023. Then, net general fund receipts for November and December were estimated to be $833 million more than expected. And there could be more federal stimulus money, too.

What to do?

Spend more in certain areas? Decrease taxes? Frontline worker bonuses? Reimburse the federal government and replenish the state’s unemployment trust fund? Issue “Walz Checks” to Minnesotans making less than a certain amount? Go really big on bonding?

Legislators could do all or they could do nothing. And the action or inaction will occur in an election year for the state’s constitutional officers and all 201 legislative seats that will soon be reconfigured by redistricting. Read more

Live Video

Event Schedule

Conference Committee on HF3669
Wednesday, May 18 2022 5/18/2022 9:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF3669 (Marquart/Nelson) Omnibus tax bill.

Session Daily Update
Wednesday, May 18 2022 5/18/2022 10:55 AM
Watch: Live Event
Updates from the House.

House Floor Session part 1*
Wednesday, May 18 2022 5/18/2022 11:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
*It is anticipated the House will recess

House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee*
Wednesday, May 18 2022 5/18/2022 11:15 AM
Watch: Live Event
*Start time is five minutes after House Floor Session recesses.
Calendar for the Day May 20, 2022

Conference Committee on SF4091*
Wednesday, May 18 2022 5/18/2022 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
*Time of convening is at the call of the Chair, communicated in advance of the start time.
SF4091 (Noor/Pratt) Omnibus climate and energy, commerce, labor and industry, and workforce and business development supplemental finance and policy bill.

House Floor Session - part 2*
Wednesday, May 18 2022 5/18/2022 4:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
*Time of reconvening is unknown as the House is anticipated to be in recess to the call of the Chair.
HF3955 (Mariani) Private detective license requirements modified.
HF3255 (Stephenson) Department of Commerce administering provisions technical changes made, and federal law references updated.
HF3400 (Hollins) Fraudulent business filings regulation provided.
SF3288 (Pfarr) Continuing education requirements governing provisions modified for licensees.

THURSDAY: House Floor Session*
Thursday, May 19 2022 5/19/2022 9:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
*Time of convening has not yet been set.
HF3775 (Davnie) Franchise registration filing modified.
HF3394 (Hansen) A resolution memorializing Congress to name the South Saint Paul Post Office in honor of Officer Leo Pavlak.

News and Notes

Bill Introductions: HF4886

Stepping down

See which House and Senate members are not seeking re-election in 2022.

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