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New Law Requires Notice and Cure Period Before Commencement of MHRA Public Accommodation Litigation

In response to a growing number of “drive-by” accessibility lawsuits filed in Minnesota in recent years, and after an unsuccessful attempt to remedy the problem last year, the Minnesota legislature recently passed amendments...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: From the Capitol to the Courtroom

Following the adjournment of the 2017 regular session and a short special session, the Legislature passed and presented to Governor Dayton a comprehensive and balanced budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, including nine...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Budget Negotiations Continue, Conference Committees Focus on Policy

On May 30, three days following the adjournment of the 2017 First Special Session, Governor Mark Dayton signed all budget bills, the tax bill and a bonding bill to conclude the work of the 2017 Minnesota Legislature —...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Budget Negotiations Continue, Conference Committees Focus on Policy

The Legislature adjourned the Special Session early the morning of Friday, May 26, after adopting spending bills, a tax bill and a bonding bill. Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders spent the final...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Budget Negotiations Continue, Conference Committees Focus on Policy

The legislative session is quickly coming to a close, but legislative leaders and Governor Dayton are not finished with their work. They are continuing to negotiate the state’s $46 billion budget and will need to come to a...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Budget Negotiations Continue, Conference Committees Focus on Policy

The week started the way it began, with no global budget agreement and no omnibus budget bills signed into law. Leaders began meeting early in the week, exchanging offers in an attempt to compromise, but budget talks imploded...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Budget Negotiations Continue, Conference Committees Focus on Policy

In response to Governor Mark Dayton’s demand that the Legislature provide a complete budget for him to analyze before starting negotiations, the House and Senate agreed to joint legislative targets and conference committees...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Budget Negotiations Continue, Conference Committees Focus on Policy

With three weeks left in the legislative session, most of the week was spent on often contentious budget negotiations between the Governor and legislative leadership. Last month, Governor Dayton sent a letter to Senate...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Recess Ends, Budget Negotiations Begin

The Minnesota Legislature returned from its break Tuesday, April 18 with five weeks to complete their work before May 22, the constitutionally mandated adjournment date. Most of the week was spent appointing conferees for...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Senate Releases Tax Bill in Advance of Final Committee Deadline

This week, the House and Senate committees have been working toward the third committee deadline of March 31, 2017. The third and final deadline requires committees to act favorably on major appropriation bills. Many of...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: House, Senate Roll Out Transportation Funding Packages

With policy committee deadlines out of the way, legislators turned their attention to omnibus finance and tax bills. Finance and tax committees in both the House and Senate spent the week compiling bills, taking public...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Tax Priorities Take Shape as Second Deadline Looms

Legislators and committees are racing to meet the second deadline, which occurs at midnight tonight. All policy bills must be approved by committees in both the Minnesota House and Senate by this deadline to remain viable as...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Legislation Continues to Move as First Committee Deadline Nears

Today marks the first committee deadline in the legislative session. By midnight tonight, bills must be approved by policy committees in the House or the Senate. Next Friday is the second committee deadline, by which all...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Budget Surplus and Sunday Alcohol Sales

With the first committee deadline rapidly approaching, policy committees worked overtime this week processing bills. There was also House floor action on two higher profile issues the Legislature is addressing this session:...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Legislators Weigh Transit Plans, Met Council Structure

With two weeks before the first deadline, legislators are scrambling to get their bills heard and passed through policy committees. The Legislature also met in a joint floor session to elect four new members to the University...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Tax Policy Takes Center Stage

The seventh week of the legislative session is in the books, and the Minnesota Legislature is one week closer to the first committee deadline on March 10. This week, House Republicans increased their majority by one with the...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: College Affordability Proposals Headline Active Week

Legislative committees continued hearing proposals on issues ranging from wetland funding and palliative care to redistricting and tax benefits for retired CIA employees. House and Senate Tax Committee’s heard Governor Mark...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Committees Transition to Processing Bills - Legislative committees completed the pivot from background briefings to processing bills this week, working on topics ranging from how best to provide paid parental leave and...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: MNsure Premium Relief Passes, Governor Dayton Proposes Budget

This was a busy week for Governor Mark Dayton. On Monday, the House of Representatives and Senate held a joint session to hear the Governor’s annual State of the State Address. The evening took a startling twist when the...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Movement on MNsure, Real ID in Short Week

The Minnesota Legislature had a short week, with offices closed on Monday due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. On Tuesday, legislators were back and committees continued with introductory hearings and began hearing...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Committees Meet for the First Time

Most House and Senate committees met for the first time this past week. Hearings were spent receiving introductory briefings and listening to caucus staff, experts and agencies review the issues each committee is expected to...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: The 2017 Session Convenes

In the first week of the 2017 session, the Minnesota legislature determined leadership positions in both the House and the Senate and got to work on high-priority issues. 2017 Session Convenes - The House and Senate...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 2017 Legislative Session Preview

On January 3, 2017, not only will the 90th session of the Minnesota Legislature convene, but the Minnesota Capitol building will once again be open to the public after undergoing a three-year, $272 million comprehensive...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: Budget Forecast

With the 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session approaching, we wanted to send a quick update on the recent budget and economic forecast. Budget Forecast On Friday, December 2, Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB)...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: 2016 Election Results

In January 2017, Donald Trump will begin his term as the nation’s 45th President. Both bodies of Congress will also be under Republican control. Trump’s win brought Republican victories to Minnesota as well. The Minnesota...more

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