Legislative Update – May 10, 2012 – 2

Good afternoon. The Senate adjourned this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. after passing the Vikings stadium bill by a vote of 36-30. The bill is now on its way to Gov. Dayton for signature. The retiring senators just finished delivering the traditional retirement speeches, and lawmakers are headed home. As with the House, there were no surprise announcements. Those senators retiring are:

  • Sen. Chris Gerlach, R-Apple Valley
  • Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina
  • Sen. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton
  • Sen. Amy Koch, R-Buffalo
  • Sen. Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista
  • Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon
  • Sen.  Linda Higgins, DFL-Minneapolis
  • Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas
  • Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca
  • Sen. Claire Robling, R-Jordan
  • Sen. Mary Jo McGuire, DFL-Falcon Heights
  • Sen. Michael Jungbauer, R-East Bethel
  • Sen. Ken Kelash, DFL-Minneapolis

Attached is a 2012 legislative session summary of many of the highlights and legislation related to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.  Final 2012 Legislative Summary  A more complete summary of all 2012 session laws that affect the system (2012 Mandates and Curiosities) will be prepared and published on the system’s Government Relations Web site.

I also thought I would let you know that Gov. Dayton signed HF 2967 today, which includes leveraged equipment funding for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The bill is now 2012 Minnesota Session Laws Chapter 292 and can be found at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/laws/?id=292&year=2012&type=0

We will keep you posted on Gov. Dayton’s action on the bonding bill.

Thank you.

Melissa Fahning

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