Legislative Update, May 10, 2012

Good morning. Final legislative approval was given by both bodies yesterday for a stripped-down version of the tax bill that Gov. Dayton vetoed Friday. Dayton was opposed to the previous tax bill because of the long-term cost of $145 million in the bill. The new bill has an impact of $46 million over the current biennium, which is to be paid for by a $27.9 million transfer from the budget reserve, with the remaining $18.4 million expected to be paid for by cost savings achieved in other bills already passed this session. The bill now heads to Gov. Dayton for consideration. Dayton has not indicated whether or not he will sign it.

An agreement was reached on the stadium bill in conference committee last night and the House passed the bill overnight by a vote of 71-60 sending it to the Senate who is scheduled to take it up at 9:00 this morning. The agreement increases the Vikings contribution by $50 million, bringing the Vikings share of the cost to $477 million for a $975 million stadium.

The House adjourned sine die at 4:15 this morning after the members who are retiring gave the traditional farewell speeches on the floor.  There were no surprise retirement announcements. The House members intending to retire include:

  • Rep. Mark Murdock, R-Ottertail
  • Rep. Mark Buesgens, R-Jordan
  • Rep. Kate Knuth, DFL-New Brighton
  • Rep. Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville
  • Rep. Pat Mazorol, R-Bloomington
  • Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove
  • Rep. Bill Hilty, DFL-Fond du Lac
  • Rep. Nora Slawik, DFL-Maplewood
  • Rep. Denise Dittrich, DFL-Champlain
  • Rep. Ron Shimanski, R-Silver Lake
  • Rep. Marion Green, DFL-Minneapolis
  • Rep. Mike LeMieur, R-Little Falls
  • Rep. Larry Hosch, DFL-St. Joseph

There are also many House members running for State Senate this fall. They include:

  • Rep. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley
  • Rep. Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada
  • Rep. Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis
  • Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake
  • Rep. Bruce Anderson, R-Buffalo Township
  • Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake
  • Rep. Connie Doepke, R-Orono
  • Rep. Branden Peterson, R-Andover
  • Rep. Keith Downey, R-Edina
  • Rep. Kurt Bills, R-Rosemount (Running for U.S. Senate)

The Senate is expected to meet this morning to take up the stadium bill and allow those Senators who plan to retire an opportunity to give a final farewell speech on the floor. After the Senate adjourns sine die, I will send out a summary of the 2012 legislative session. Also watch for a complete summary of all 2012 session laws that affect the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, 2012 Mandates and Curiosities, to be published on the system’s Government Relations Web site.

The 2013 legislative session is scheduled to convene January 8, 2013.

Have a great day.

Melissa Fahning
Legislative Communications
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
30 7th St. E., Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 201-1757
(612) 483-3741 cell

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