Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update
I wanted to briefly update you on what has happened over the last few days that has lead to the end of regular session and beginning of the special session. Over the weekend through yesterday, House and Senate leadership and the Governor were working on a deal to bring session to an orderly close. With midnight approaching, an agreement was tentatively reached on remaining budget bills: Health & Humans Services, E-12 Education, Transportation, State Government Finance, Taxes and Bonding. We adjourned the regular 2017 session at midnight and gaveled in the first special session at 12:01 a.m. We then recessed until 3:00 p.m. today to allow for the bills be finalized and drafted.
I am sitting patiently on the floor as I write this waiting to see the language we will be voting on tonight. Leadership agreed to meet until Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. when this special session will conclude with or without a deal. There has been an agreement put in place that will not allow amendments on the bills. Twitter seems to be a good, instant source of information. Follow the hash tag #mnleg on Twitter to see when the bills are posted or go to www.house.mn for further information. (more…)