Week five of the 2017 legislative session
This week, expect a lot of attention on Governor Dayton’s two-year budget proposal, beginning with the House Ways and Means Committee’s 10:15 a.m. meeting on Monday. The Senate will turn its attention to the Real ID proposal, and legislation regarding severance packages for government officials is also a priority.
In regards to higher education this week, Minnesota State will present on career and technical education to the Senate Committee on E-12 Finance on Monday; Tuesday will see the University of Minnesota’s budget overview presentation in the Senate Committee on Higher Education Finance and Policy; and on Wednesday, the House Capital Investment Committee will meet to discuss HF576 and appropriate funds for Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR) for Minnesota State.
This morning, Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans announced that the February budget forecast will be released on Tuesday, February 28. This report on the state’s budget is used by lawmakers as they craft a budget to fund state government for the next two years.
Committee deadlines announced
Leaders of the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives announced three committee deadlines for action on bills for the 2017 Legislative Session:
- Friday, March 10 is the first deadline, where committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin.
- Friday, March 17 is the second deadline in which committees must act favorably on bills, or companion bills, that have met the first deadline in the other body. Lastly,
- Friday, March 31 is the third deadline in which the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.
The legislative session has a constitutional deadline to adjourn by Monday, May 22.
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