2019 Regular Session Adjourns; Special Session is here, but when?

May 21, 2019 10:03:34 AM

Topics: Legislative, Bargaining/Legislative Updates

On Sunday, as I am sure you all know, the Governor and Legislative Leaders achieved the most important of all the budget agreements to allow the completion of ‘20-‘21 biannual. Regrettably, that was too late prior to the Constitutional required adornment of midnight last night, Monday, of the Regular Session in order to allow the various Conference Committees to complete the important work of sorting out the hundreds of unsettled and crucial details within individual budget bills. Yesterday, Monday, Legislators who are members of those Conference Committees (and others) worked diligently on those details; that work will continue through the next few days.

In a Special Session all bills need to be introduced anew. Even though the same issues and matters of public policy of the Regular Session may reoccur, in a Special Session in practice and under Constitutional requirement a “Special” is separate and distinct from a Regular Session; a “Special” is not technically a continuation of a Regular Session. That is important because it means that it requires a new set of timetables, bill introductions and various other process structures put in place solely of the “Special”. Nevertheless, the formations of those bills and process structures will be greatly informed and guided by the proceedings of the prior Regular Session.

We are now awaiting word as to whether Governor Walz will call the Special Session for the early anticipated Thursday of this week or sometime next week. That could happen even this morning. The answer to that question is dependent on a number of complicated matters ranging from the matters of ongoing negotiations of the budget details to the practical requirements of the Constitution.

We will do our best to keep you informed.