Legislative Update, April 28, 2012

Good morning. The Senate passed the higher education conference committee report by a vote of 50-13 yesterday afternoon, and the House followed suit later in the day, passing the bill 75-54. It now heads to Gov. Dayton for consideration. As a reminder, here is the link to the bill:  https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/bldbill.php?bill=ccrsf1573.html&session=ls87.

The governor signed the K-12 education bill yesterday that includes language regarding post-secondary enrollment options (PSEO). Currently, the PSEO program allows high school juniors and seniors to take post-secondary level courses while still completing high school. The bill would expand PSEO to 10th grade students by permitting them to enroll in career or technical education courses at qualified postsecondary institutions.

Gov. Dayton vetoed HF 1974 yesterday, a bill that prohibits continuation of an expired public union contract that includes wage and benefit increases. In his veto letter, Dayton said that he is opposed to “unilateral changes to the collective bargaining process.” You can view the entire veto letter at: http://mn.gov/governor/images/Ch_245_HF1974_veto-attach.pdf.

The House and Senate are both scheduled to meet today at 3:00 p.m. We will continue to keep you posted on any movement with a bonding bill.

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