Dayton Administration Unveils Plans for 'Unsession'

Updated: 03/04/2014 5:11 PM
Created: 03/04/2014 12:24 PM
By: Naomi Pescovitz

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and his administration are calling this legislative session the "unsession," hoping to undo laws they consider unneeded or obsolete.

On Tuesday morning, Dayton's administration unveiled a list of more than 1,000 proposals to change or repeal current Minnesota laws. Commissioners consider some of these laws dated and ridiculous. For example, Dayton would like to eliminate a law that makes it a misdemeanor to carry fruit in an illegally-sized container.

Dayton is also hoping to repeal laws that outlaw driving a car in neutral and regulate the size and color of bug deflectors.

As a part of the "unsession," Dayton plans to sign an executive order requiring state agencies to write forms, documents and websites in "plain language." He hopes this will reduce the amount of confusing jargon and acronyms.

Dayton also hopes to reform the state's permitting process and simplify tax laws.

Republicans are also planning to make use of the "unsession" by eliminating tax increases that passed during the last legislative session.

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