The 2019 MN Legislative session is about to get underway (next Tuesday, January 8th), but before we dive into what the major issues will be this year it is important to understand WHO will there, making the decisions: there will be a new Governor, including a new Cabinet; a new DFL majority in the House, with first time Speaker, Hortman; and the GOP will continue to control the Senate - by 2* seats.
Since the November election all three bodies have been working hard to establish their structures before heading into the new session. This includes setting committees as well as naming chairs and membership for the caucuses. For the Governor, it means filling cabinet positions and hiring new staff.
As of today, both the House and Senate have set their committee structures and Governor Walz has already named 22 cabinet members.
*See below about an impending special election.