2020 End of Session Review


The 2020 legislative session began on February 11 with a positive budget balance of $1.5 billion and a strong economic outlook for Minnesota. By mid-March, the COVID-19 pandemic had completely upended the state’s economic forecast and forced the Legislature to… Read More »OVERVIEW


COVID-19 provisions passed Initial public health emergency funding Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, legislators quickly realized funding was needed for public health response activities. With the scope of this crisis still uncertain, the Legislature urgently passed $21 million in funding… Read More »HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES


Provisions passed Trichloroethylene (TCE) Ban On a near-unanimous vote of 61-1, the Senate passed the “White Bear Area Neighborhood Concerned Citizens Group Ban TCE Act” banning the use of trichloroethylene (TCE), a volatile organic compound that is known to cause… Read More »ENVIRONMENT


Provisions passed Renewable Development Account – clean energy projects A Senate-House compromise agreement was reached on financing renewable energy development projects from the Xcel Energy Renewable Development Account, allowing four energy projects to go forward: $46.2 million, spread over three… Read More »ENERGY