Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tells reporters Monday, May 23, 2016, that he will consider calling legislators back in to a special sessioin. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Mixed Legislative Results: Losers Complain

Perhaps library lobbyist Elaine Keefe put it best: “The 2016 legislative session has ended with very mixed results.” After every Minnesota legislative session, there are winners and losers. But in the session that ended with the final bill passing just before midnight Sunday, there appears to be a bigger split than usual. And many an…
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Minnesota state Sens. Susan Kent of Woodbury, left, and Vicki Jensen of Owatonna talk Saturday, May 21, 2016, before transportation funding negotiations begin. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Dayton Has Doubts On Transportation Funding

Gov. Mark Dayton is not confident that transportation funding legislation could pass if he calls a special legislative session to finish work not done by Sunday’s midnight deadline. “I think it’s unrealistic to think they’re going to agree on something before or during a very short one-day special session, if there were one,” Dayton told…
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A Look At Minnesota Legislative Results

Minnesota legislators introduced 7,763 bills in the 2015-2016 legislative period, most of which went nowhere. Here is a look at some of the bills that passed or failed this year, including some awaiting Gov. Mark Dayton’s approval. Animal trusts: Minnesotans will be able to put money away in trusts so after they die there will be…
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Messy Ending? Check. Special Session? We’ll See

The Minnesota Legislature has built a reputation for chaotic endings, followed by a special session to pass what lawmakers left undone in their allotted time. Sunday’s midnight deadline continued legislators’ chaos tradition, but the question is whether Gov. Mark Dayton will call a special session to get $1 billion for transportation and other public works…
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Minnesota state Rep. Dale Lueck of Aitkin listens to House debate Sunday, May 22, 2016, the final day the Legislature could pass bills. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Transportation, Bonding Fail At End Of Minnesota Legislature

Minnesota legislators came to St. Paul with hopes to pass a good many bills, but they failed to approve two major issues, transportation and public works funding, by a midnight Sunday deadline. The House hurriedly passed the combined measure in the final minutes, but the Senate put on an amendment and there was not enough…
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