Political Chatter: Legislative Deals Made Away From Public’s Eye

Minnesota’s legislative leaders often say that House-Senate conference committees should work out major legislation in public. That way, the logic goes, not only can the public watch the public’s business, but more eyes on bills would mean fewer mistakes. But pretty much every year, those public negotiations never happen. A couple of this year’s biggest…
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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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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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Members of the Minnesota House follow debate Sunday, May 22, 2016, on one of the final bills they will consider this year. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Tick Tock, Tick Tock: Chaotic Last Minutes Of 2016 Legislature

  Shouts, desperate attempts to make last-minute changes and general chaos ended late Sunday attempts to increase Minnesota transportation and public works funding. Minnesota lawmakers failed to hit their midnight target to pass the measure, meaning that short of a special legislative session roads will not be improved and construction projects statewide will not go…
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