At Issue – Feb. 18: 2018 Legislative Session; Florida School Shooting

February 18, 2018 06:39 PM

2018 Legislative Session

On Tuesday, lawmakers will return to the State Capitol for the legislative session, a little later in the year than the body typically convenes.

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It's not a budget year, so there are only a couple of things the Legislature must get done.

If it weren't for some left-over business from last session, one could argue the Legislature wouldn't have much to do this year at all. The odd-year sessions are much longer because they have to pass a budget.

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These even-year sessions are usually devoted to passing a bonding bill for construction projects across the state.

Getting anything done will require some bipartisanship. And that was off to a good start at Tuesday's legislative preview session with the Capitol press corps.

At one point, Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Gov. Mark Dayton even posed for a selfie that the speaker then posted on Twitter.

Republican strategist Andy Brehm said politics is a tough-hitting subject, and he thinks Daudt and Dayton understand what their constituents expect –  and that's for them to get to work.

Lawmakers will also likely have to pass a bill that will conform Minnesota's tax law with the new federal tax bill so some Minnesotans don't end up with tax increases.

At Issue Experts Weigh in on Gun Control

The gun control debate is taking center stage again following a mass shooting Wednesday at a south Florida high school. Seventeen people died in the rampage.

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Several others were injured. It's the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012.

KSTP's political experts weighed in on the issue that's on the minds of so many right now.

DFL strategist Sarah Walker says there are simple solutions: first, to provide criminal background checks on all gun purchases.

Republican Annette Meeks of the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota said that protocol wasn't followed in the Florida shooting. She said that as early as middle school, officials tried to get Nikolas Cruz transferred to a school for kids with special needs, but that the effort never amounted to anything.

On Friday, The FBI said it failed to pursue a tip warning Cruz could carry out a school shooting, and that the agency did not follow its own protocol.

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