Final Days of the Legislative Session
and everything else happening in the Legislature this week
A lot of work remains with only a few days left
The Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn by midnight on May 17, yet Senate Republicans have spent the past week drawing ultimatums and refusing to negotiate on important numbers needed for the Legislature to finish its work on time.
Conference committee update
Conference committees for each of the omnibus budget bills continued working this week. In the absence of global budget targets — spending totals that have been agreed upon by the House, governor, and Senate majority — most committees spent time working through policy provisions or items that have no associated cost.
Legislative and community leaders call for action on police reform
Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan convened a press conference this week along with community faith leaders, business leaders, and POCI Caucus members to call on the Senate Republicans to come to the table and act on police reform before the end of the legislative session. Senate Republicans have given no response to multiple common sense and widely agreed upon House DFL proposals. With the legislative session set to end in a few days, time is running out to address long overdue police reform in Minnesota.