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ST. PAUL —The Minnesota Legislature must adjourn by midnight but is far from finishing its main work of the year: crafting a $48 billion, two-year budget. As adjournment for the regulation session neared, it was not clear when legislators would return to the Capitol to pass budget legislation. House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, had said that legislators should plan on a one-day special session Thursday, May 23, but on Monday, she was not so sure. “We don’t know,” she said. “There is a lot of working getting done today.”
ST. PAUL — Some thoughts through the greater Minnesota lens of lobbyist and lawyer Tim Flaherty, who is retiring after 35 years lobbying at the Minnesota Legislature: Dysfunctional system Today’s Legislature is a far cry from when Flaherty became the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities' first lobbyist in 1984. “The system is more dysfunctional,” he said, in part because rank-and-file lawmakers have less say as power becomes concentrated in a few leaders. “That is really unfortunate.”
ST. PAUL — Don’t touch that mobile telephone in your vehicle. Well, you can touch it once if you are using it to make or take a call while driving. But don’t hold it up to your ear. If using the phone’s navigation capabilities, go ahead and touch the screen as needed. Those are the basic rules in a Minnesota hands-free phone measure to become law Aug. 1. Gov. Tim Walz will sign the bill at 10 a.m. Friday, his office said. The Senate passed 48-12 a compromise hands-free bill Thursday, April 11, two days after the House OK’d it 107-19.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed legislation funding state programs ranging from education to the parks, setting up a special legislative session and launching preparations for a potential partial government shutdown.