Lawmakers Plan For Some Time Off

Minnesota legislators will take time off for political conventions, but not much.

While Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, had hinted that he favored a lengthy recess for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Duluth convention April 23-25 and the Minneapolis Republican convention April 29-May 1, after hearing from others the decision was to move one meeting of the full Senate from Thursday those two weeks to Wednesday.

Committees may meet if their chairmen wish, he said.

"The only thing that is changing is that we are not going to have a floor session on Thursday of either week," Pogemiller said.

The House is expected to take a similar break.

Pogemiller had said lawmakers have little left to do before their required May 17 adjournment, so he thought a longer break would be in order. But he met resistance.

"I didn’t realize that things were this complex," he admitted.