May 20 - 2019

So, ... about that deal.

At the stroke of midnight tonight Minnesota's 2019 regular session officially came to an end, but with many unresolved issues hanging in the balance. So now, t hey will have to keep working, with hopes of having a special session, this week or next. 

On Sunday night legislative leaders announced a global agreement on targets. Part of that agreement included an understanding that conference committees would finish their work by 5pm tonight and any unresolved issues would be sent to the leaders to determine. That deadline came and went with only 1 omnibus finished and passed by both bodies; Higher Ed.  The Ag bill was passed by the Senate but not the House and so, will need to be passed during special session.  ALL the remaining Omnibus bills still have unresolved issues.  I would love to be able to tell you what those issues are - except there have been virtually no public meetings today, so I have no idea.  

In addition to the 5pm Monday deadline, leaders also said there would be a one day special session on Thursday. Given the current state of things, many Capitol regulars (myself included), are thinking this will be a tough deadline to meet.
Conference Committees
Conference Committees - Schedule
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You can find all Side by Side language comparison here on the Mn revisors website.
Omnibus agriculture, rural development and housing  FINISHED
SF 2226/HF 2200
Senate Conferees: Westrom, Weber, Goggin, Draheim, Dziedzic
House Conferees: Poppe, Hausman, Pelowski, Vang, Gunther
1100 Minnesota Senate Building 

Omnibus E-12 education bill
SF 7/HF 2400
Senate Conferees: tbd
House Conferees: Davnie, Youakim, Pinto, Sandstede, Urdahl
5 State Office Building

Omnibus environment and natural resources 
SF 2314/HF 2209
Senate Conferees: Ingebrigtsen, Ruud, Eichorn, Johnson, Tomassoni
House Conferees: Hansen, Persell, Fischer, Becker-Finn, Nelson, N.
G-3 Capitol

Omnibus health and human services 
SF 2452 /HF 2414
Senate Conferees: Benson, Abeler, Utke, Jensen, Marty
House Conferees: Liebling, Moran, Schultz, Halverson, Hamilton
1200 Minnesota Senate Building

Omnibus higher education FINISHED
SF 2415 /HF 2544
Senate Conferees: Anderson, P., Draheim, Jensen, Relph, Clausen
House Conferees: Bernardy, Pryor, Lien, Klevorn, Nornes 
123 Capitol

Omnibus jobs, energy and commerce bill
SF 2611/HF 2208
Senate Conferees: Pratt, Dahms, Osmek, Housley, Simonson
House Conferees: Mahoney, Wagenius, Stephenson, Long, Hassan
10 State Office Building

Omnibus judiciary and public safety bill
SF 802/HF 2792
Senate Conferees: Limmer, Anderson, B., Johnson, Lang, Latz
House Conferees: Mariani, Lesch, Moller, Pinto, Zerwas
120 State Office Building

Omnibus state government bill
SF 2227/HF 1935
Senate Conferees: Kiffmeyer, Anderson, B., Koran, Mathews, Carlson
House Conferees: Nelson, M., Freiberg, Ecklund, Kiel, Dehn
G-23 Capitol

Omnibus tax bill
SF 5/HF 2125
Senate Conferees: Chamberlain, Senjem, Dahms, Howe, Rest
House Conferees: Marquart, Loeffler, Lislegard, Gomez, Davids 
G-15 Capitol

Omnibus transportation bill
SF 1093/HF 1555
Senate Conferees: tbd
House Conferees: Hornstein, Koegel, Tabke, Richardson, Torkelson
200 State Office Building
What's Next?

Well, they could:

A) Continue negotiations in an orderly manner, come to agreements and then have a short special session to pass it all.

- OR - 

B) This could devolve into a giant political mess that lasts through June and potentially leads to a state government shutdown.

Happy Summer. Cheers!

Cap O'Rourke
President, O'Rourke Strategic Consulting 

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