90th Legislative Session

Legislature Adjourns; Briefly Returns and then Adjourns until 2018

The 90th legislative session began on January 3rd with a Republican majority in the MN House and a new Republican majority in the MN Senate and a Democrat Governor. 

Since it was the first year of the biennium, the legislature began with a clean slate – new faces; new leadership and no legislation from the previous year.  The overriding purpose of the session was to pass a balanced State Budget that Governor Dayton would sign.

Even though negotiations were ongoing until the final hour, the Legislature, by law, had to adjourn on Monday, May 22nd at midnight even without final passage of all the state agency funding bills.  However, the Governor and legislative leadership had reached an agreement, in principle, by that time so the Governor called an immediate one-day SPECIAL Session.   This Special Session began at 12:01 AM Tuesday, May 23rd for the legislature to complete bills on Taxes, Transportation and Health & Human services.   They adjourned again early morning of Friday, May 26th with the final budget bills passed and sent to the Governor for his signature.

The legislature will return for the next REGULAR Session on February 20, 2018.