Updates from the Government Relations team are sent periodically during the legislative session
Higher education conference committee to meet Tuesday
Today marks the second agreed-upon deadline when all fiscal targets are to be provided to the chairs of conference committees on major finance bills through joint agreement by Gov. Tim Walz, House DFL leadership, and Senate Republican leadership. Legislative leaders and the Governor have been meeting throughout the weekend and today to come to an agreement. At this time, there has been no word on a budget agreement.

Conference committees will focus their efforts this week on reconciling the differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget bills with the goal of meeting the budget target that will be provided by leadership.

The higher education omnibus bill conference committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the State Capitol, Room 123. The conference committee is planning to go through the side-by-side comparison of the two bills, as well as take public testimony.

Documents for the hearing can be found at the links below:

The next deadline is Monday, May 13, when conference committee reports must be passed out of their respective conference committees and sent to the House and Senate floors for consideration.

The 2019 legislative session is scheduled to conclude on Monday, May 20.

This Week at the Capitol

Note: the legislative schedule for the remainder of session will be fluid and subject to change at any time.

Tuesday, May 7

11:00 a.m.
Conference Committee: Omnibus tax bill
Room: G15 Capitol
Chairs: Sen. Roger Chamberlain and Rep. Paul Marquart
Agenda: HF 2125: omnibus tax bill
12:30 p.m.
Conference Committee: Omnibus Jobs and economic growth bill
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chairs: Sen. Eric Pratt and Rep. Tim Mahoney
Agenda: Walk-through of Jobs and Commerce portions of side by sides and
2:00 p.m.
Conference Committee: S.F. 2415 Omnibus higher education bill
Room: 123 Capitol
Chairs: Sen. Paul T. Anderson and Rep. Connie Bernardy
CONFEREES: SENATE: Anderson, P.; Clausen; Draheim; Jensen; Relph - HOUSE: Bernardy; Klevorn; Lien; Nornes; Pryor
*Senate Gavel*
1. Side by side walkthrough
2. Commissioner and Public Testimony

3:00 p.m.
Conference Committee: Omnibus state government bill
Room: G23 Capitol
Chairs: Rep. Michael Nelson and Senator Mary Kiffmeyer
Agenda: Public Testimony on House and Senate Bills
Begin discussion of bills; consideration of motions for Conference Committee Report
I mportant Links
  • Bill introductions as of May 6, 2019 can be found HERE
  • Committee schedules can be found HERE
  • Many committee hearings and floor sessions are streamed live via the web or broadcast on television. More information and a schedule can be found HERE
Government Relations team:
Bernie Omann –  Bernie.Omann@MinnState,edu
Melissa Fahning - [email protected]
Sarah Berns - [email protected]
Tina Firkus - T [email protected]