Democrats complain that Republicans in charge of the Legislature are taking too much time debating social issues instead of balancing the next two-year budget, which faces a $5 billion deficit.
As of Monday afternoon, Rep. Debra Hilstrom, DFL-Brooklyn Center, said, there were six non-budget constitutional amendments up for debate this week while only four budget negotiations sessions were set.
â€œWe have 20 days to finish the budget,â€ Hilstrom said.
But Chairman Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, said that a Friday deadline for policy issues means non-budget bills must be debated this week.
Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, said the final three weeks of the regular legislative session will be busy with both policy and budget issues.
â€œAssume that the next three weeks we will be working very, very hard,â€ Koch said.