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Legislative session ends, planning for special session begins

May 21, 2019 06:03 AM

Some state lawmakers were disappointed after the 2019 session officially ended with work left to do.

Both the Minnesota House and Senate adjourned Monday night after passing only one of 10 budget bills - the higher education budget bill.

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Now, the legislature will not be able to do any official work until they are called back into a special session by Gov. Tim Walz.

Some said the session ended on a sour note, calling it shameful.

"I am not going to stand for this dark of night, making decisions behind closed doors with no one knowing what's the bill," Republican House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt said. "The authors of the bills didn't know what was in the bills, we didn't have spreadsheets, the spreadsheets that we did get didn't match the bills. This is an absolute shame on the Democrats who are running the chamber on the Minnesota House of Representatives."

The higher education bill, which passed in both the House and Senate, was only a small portion of the $48 billion, two-year state budget.

A special session is expected, however, Democrats and Republicans seemed at odds over the timing and length.

While Daudt said he wanted to slow the process down, House Speaker Melissa Hortman said she was still hopeful for a one-day special session on Thursday.

"As the legislature, you can only say the serenity pray over and over every day because there are just certain things we just can't control and, unfortunately, the Minnesota Senate is one of those things that we can't yet control," Hortman said.

Although official votes cannot take place, "working groups" are allowed and take the place of conference committees.

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