2018 legislative session adjourns as fate of major legislation hangs in balance

2018 legislative session adjourns as fate of major legislation hangs in balance

The House and Senate adjourned the 2018 just before midnight on Sunday evening. With just minutes to go before any legislation could constitutionally be advanced to the governor for his consideration, lawmakers in both bodies came to agreement on a tax bill, a supplemental budget bill, and a capital investment bonding bill. With the GOP in control of both bodies of the legislature and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton serving the last year in his tenure, divided government once again proved to be contentious between the two parties as they each pushed for major initiatives in advance of hitting the campaign trail later this summer. With all three “major” bills now in the governors possession for his consideration, he has 14 days according to the State Constitution to take action. He can sign the bills into law, veto portions of them, or completely veto the bills outright. Earlier versions of the tax and supplemental budget bills were in fact passed by both bodies and sent to the governor late last week, however he quickly vetoed both of them. With the addition of millions of dollars in funding for public schools attached to a second version of the tax bill, coupled with the removal a host of “contentious” budget and policy provisions in the updated version of the supplemental budget bill, the GOP believes they met the governor in the middle and are hopeful he signs both bills into law. The bonding bill, which requires a 3/5 majority to pass in each house, obtained support from both sides of the aisle and may stand a better chance of receiving the governor’s signature than the other two major bills. The fate of all three pieces of legislation, as well as a host of other smaller ticket items, will be known by Monday, June 4.

Topics: Advocacy, Legislation | Regions: Minnesota
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