Latest Minnesota State Legislature News

The Latest: Minnesota special session likely to last 3 days

May. 24, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Minnesota's special session (all times local): 10:20 a.m. The special session of the Minnesota Legislature appears likely to last at least three days and run into the holiday weekend. Republican House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt told reporters just before the session was...

Governor calls special session to complete $48B budget

May. 24, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has called lawmakers back for a special session to complete a $48 billion state budget for the next two years. The Democratic governor told them to convene at 10 a.m. Friday in hopes of adjourning before 7 a.m. Saturday. But suspending the normal procedural...

Last bills settled; Walz announces 1-day special session

May. 23, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has called lawmakers back for a one-day special session after he and top legislative leaders reached agreement Thursday on the last of their major budget bills. Walz called for the special session to convene at 10 a.m. Friday so that legislators can complete a...

The Latest: Walz announces 1-day special session

May. 23, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on developments at the Minnesota Capitol on Thursday (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has called a one-day special session beginning Friday so that lawmakers can finish their work and complete a $48 billion state government budget for the next two...

The Latest: Governor signs bill to fight opioid epidemic

May. 22, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on preparations for a special session of the Minnesota Legislature and other Capitol developments (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bipartisan bill aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic in Minnesota. Walz says the compromise bill "will help more...

After session ends in whimper, lawmakers await instructions

May. 21, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As veteran Sen. Tom Bakk put it, the 2019 regular session of the Minnesota Legislature ended with a whimper. It also ended without firm word on how lawmakers will bring their unfinished bills to completion to meet their leaders' goal of holding and completing a special session this...

The Latest: OT tentative after session ends in whimper

May. 21, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the Minnesota Legislature (all times local): 3:30 p.m. As veteran Sen. Tom Bakk puts it, the 2019 regular session of the Minnesota ended with a whimper. It also ended with no firm word on how lawmakers will complete their unfinished bills to meet the goal of holding and...

The Latest: Legislative negotiators agree on opioid bill

May. 20, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the final day of the Minnesota Legislature's 2019 regular session (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A House-Senate conference committee has reached a bipartisan agreement on compromise legislation aimed at stopping Minnesota's opioid crisis. The bill imposes sharply higher...

Minnesota Legislature approves protections for the elderly

May. 20, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A major package of protections for Minnesota's elderly has cleared the Legislature and awaits Gov. Tim Walz's signature. The House and Senate passed the final version of the bill late Sunday night. The most important component is a framework for licensing assisted living facilities...

Legislators finalize big bills, plan for special session

May. 20, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota legislators worked to wrap up details of their big budget bills Monday ahead of a midnight adjournment, while haggling began over the timing and length of a special session later this week to pass those packages and complete the state's next two-year budget. Gov. Tim Walz,...