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Legislative Update - May 9, 2016
Conferees begin discussions on omnibus supplemental budget bill

The Supplemental Budget Conference Committee will meet today for the first time beginning at 1:00 p.m. The meeting will be streamed live. The committee will begin hearing presentations of the bill side-by-sides. The conferees are:

  • House Conferees: Reps. Knoblach, Loon, Dean, Garofalo, McNamar
  • Senate Conferees: Sens. Cohen, Wiger, Lourey, Saxhaug, Fischbach
Two weeks left to go

The House must statutorily be done with 2016 lawmaking activities by 12 a.m. May 23. Per Article 4, Section 21 of the state constitution, no bills can be passed on the biennium’s final day.

That leaves two weeks to pass a major transportation bill, a major tax bill (both left over from 2015) and a comprehensive bonding package in what is an election year for all 201 legislative seats.

Transportation conferees met multiple times last week and a Senate offer was made Friday, but tax conferees continue their silence. A $1.8 billion capital investment proposal proposed by the Senate DFL went down by one vote Thursday. According to the bill's sponsor, Senator Leroy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, the measure would have provided $390 million dollars for transportation improvements; $362 million dollars for education institutions; $282 million for water infrastructure upgrades; $202 million dollars for public safety enhancements and $181 million dollars for parks and recreations. 

Even-year legislative sessions are generally regarded as “bonding years,” when lawmakers pass a large-scale borrowing package that helps fund infrastructure projects across the state. Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a $1.4 billion capital investment package — it would be the largest in state history. House Republicans have set their sights on a much smaller bill, with leadership earlier this month releasing budget targets that call for a $600 million bill. Governor Dayton called a bonding bill “a must-have for Minnesotans,” during last Wednesday’s meeting with reporters, and stood alongside Senators Bakk and Thissen in leaning on Republicans to produce their bill.

Republicans gathered outside the State Office Building Thursday afternoon to provide reaction to the Senate failing to pass a $1.8 billion bonding bill by a single vote.

“Democrats did not come and ask about support whatsoever, they just assumed the votes were there,” said Senate Minority Leader David Hann (R-Eden Prairie).

“There is plenty of time to do a bonding bill, but there are issues that need to be worked on,” Senate Minority Leader David Hann (R-Eden Prairie) said. “There is a lot of room to compromise and negotiate, but it’s time to get serious.”

House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) maintained that had the bill passed, it would not have met constitutional muster anyway since the bill had not originated in the House.

“We are concerned with putting together a bonding bill that every member of the Legislature will be proud to vote for,” Daudt said. “Let’s roll up our sleeves and work together. There is a lot of time left to work; we’re not drawing lines in the sand today.”

This week at the Capitol
Monday, May 9 10:00 a.m.
Senate Taxes
Room: 1100 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Chair: Sen. Rod Skoe
Agenda: H.F. 3931-Skoe: Omnibus Tax Bill.

10:15 a.m.
House Ways and Means
Room: 200 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jim Knoblach
Agenda: HF3549 (Sanders): Presidential primary established, provisions related to precinct caucuses modified, and technical and conforming changes made

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session
H.F.2445 (Wiklund) Osteopathic physicians licensure requirement modification; board of medical practice composition technical changes establishment
S.F.3018 (Sparks) Agricultural-related provisions policy and technical changes
S.F.3216 (Tomassoni) Unemployment insurance advisory council recommendations adoption for unemployment insurance
S.F.1898 (Sparks) Building and construction contracts progress payments and retainages modifications
H.F.2803 (Latz) Civil commitment emergency admission early termination notice requirements specification
S.F.3122 (Limmer) Identity theft crimes statute of limitations extension
S.F.2330 (Marty) Flame retardant chemical prohibitions expansion
S.F.2680 (Latz) Felony assaults motivated by bias maximum penalty increase 

1:00 p.m.
Supplemental Budget Conference Committee
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jim Knoblach
Alternate Chair: Sen. Richard Cohen
Agenda: HF2749 (Knoblach) Omnibus K-12 and higher education policy and finance bill
Presentation of the side-by-sides
Presentation of the spreadsheets
House Conferees: Reps Knoblach, Loon, Dean, Garofalo, McNamara
Senate Conferees: Sens Cohen, Wiger, Lourey, Saxhaug, Fischbach
Committee Documents:
HF2749 1UE.pdf
2016 Supplemental Bill spreadsheet.pdf
16 Ed Appr Conf Comm spreadsheet.pdf
16 Ed Levy Conf Comm spreadsheet.pdf
Higher Ed Supp spreadsheet.pdf
2016 HHS Tracking HF 2749-CC1.pdf
Ec Dev Ag Nat Res budget bill spreadsheet comparison.pdf
Public Safety Conference H.F. 2749 spreadsheet.pdf
Transportation spreadsheet side-by-side_1.pdf
Health Care.pdf
Chem & Mental Health.pdf
Cont Care.pdf
Child & Fam.pdf
Health-Related Licensing.pdf
Direct Care (Senate 23).pdf
Health Dept.pdf
K12 General Education.pdf
Education Excellence.pdf
K12 Charter Schools.pdf
K12 Chartery School Recodification.pdf
Special Education.pdf
K12 Facilities & Technology.pdf
K12 Early Childhood.pdf
K12 Self Sufficiency.pdf
K12 State Agencies.pdf
K12 Forecast Adjustment.pdf
Higher Ed.pdf
HHS Continuing Care.pdf
HHS Health Care.pdf
Health Dept.pdf
HHS Chemical & Mental Health.pdf
HHS Children & Families.pdf
HHS Health Related Licensing.pdf
HHS Direct Care and Treatment.pdf
HHS forecast adjustments.pdf
HHS Appropriations.pdf
Natural Resources.pdf
Energy & Environment.pdf
Economic Development.pdf
Telephone Regulation.pdf
Labor & Industry.pdf
Workers Compensation.pdf
Unemployment Insurance.pdf
State Government.pdf
Public Safety and Corrections.pdf

4:00 p.m.
House in Session

Tuesday, May 10

8:15 a.m.
House Ways and Means
Room: 1200 Minnesota Senate Building
Chair: Rep. Jim Knoblach
Alternate Chair: Sen. Richard Cohen
Agenda: Presentation by NCSL: Joint budget target setting in other states.

8:30 a.m.
Senate Taxes
Room: 1100 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Chair: Sen. Rod Skoe
H.F. 3931-Skoe: Omnibus tax bill.
S.F. 2835-Sparks: Pari-mutuel horse racing advance deposit wagering authorization and appropriation.
H.F. 3281-Koenen: Raffle boards authorization        

Important Links:

  • Most recent bill introductions related to higher education (compiled by Government Relations team) SPREADSHEET (updated 4/20/16)
  • 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:

Jaime Simonsen – Jaime.simonsen@so.mnscu.edu
Bernie Omann – Bernie.omann@so.mnscu.edu
Jim Grathwol – jim.grathwol@so.mnscu.edu