ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee today approved plans for construction of a new Capitol office building. The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration will meet on Monday, April 7, to consider the House proposal. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk released the following statement:
“I commend the House Rules Committee for taking an important step to allow both the Capitol restoration project and the new Capitol office building to proceed. The Senate Rules Committee will convene a hearing on Monday to consider the House’s proposal.
There remains broad support for the long overdue restoration of Minnesota’s deteriorating Capitol building, which will permanently bump many of the Senate’s hearing rooms and offices out of the Capitol and into a new building across the street. As the Department of Administration confirmed again today, every other feasible alternative and any further delay would be more costly, both in the short term and in the long term.”