Legislative Updates

6/29/2021

Lawmakers Make Final Push to Pass State Budget Before Government Shutdown

Special Session continues into its third week as Lawmakers make the final push to set the state’s biennial budget ahead of a potential July 1st government shutdown. Although agreement now appears to have been reached on all areas of the budget, the f

6/22/2021

Special Session Marches into Second Week, Jobs Bill Publicly Released

Lawmakers returned to St. Paul last week to continue working on the state’s next two-year budget, but the process is off to a slow start with surprisingly few of the omnibus budget bills actually passed off either House or Senate Floor. Legislative l

6/15/2021

Legislature Returns for Special Session to Pass Two-Year State Budget

After failing to pass the state’s two-year budget during the 2021 Legislative Session, lawmakers are back in St. Paul for a special session aimed at accomplishing that task and avoiding a government shutdown.

5/18/2021

Legislative Session Ends with a Deal But Special Session Will be Needed

Legislative Leaders were able to finally announce a deal on joint budget targets as well as agreement on a couple of high-profile tax issues, but a special session will now be needed to pass those agreed to budget bills.

5/11/2021

The Wait Continues

Speaker Hortman and Majority Leader Gazelka set a deadline of May 7th to agree to joint budget targets to allow their Conference Committees one week to finalize and pass their omnibus bills. But that deadline has come and gone and we are still waitin

5/4/2021

Conference Committees Begin to Meet, Await Joint Budget Targets

With only two weeks to go before the Constitutionally mandated adjournment date of May 17th, Conference Committees are starting to meet to resolve differences between the omnibus budget bills passed by House and Senate.

4/27/2021

Conference Committees Named, Scheduled to Begin Meeting This Week

Nearly all of the omnibus budget bills have now passed both the DFL-controlled House and the GOP-controlled Senate and most of the Conference Committees have been named.

4/20/2021

Marathon Floor Sessions on Omnibus Budget Bills

Omnibus budget bills continued to work their way through the legislative process last week with most passing through the Ways and Means and Finance committees in the House and Senate respectively.

4/13/2021

Omnibus Budget Bills Advance Out of Committee

Omnibus budget bills advance out of committee and are slated to be heard in the Finance and Ways and Means Committees this week before they head to the House and Senate for passage by each body.

4/6/2021

Legislature Returns - Omnibus Budget Bills Emerge

House and Senate Finance Committees have rolled out their omnibus budget bills and will spend the week walking through the bills.