Senate Majority Leader David Senjem, R-Rochester, leads the opening of the 2012 legislative session. In addition to approving several opening day resolutions, the Senate elected a new chaplain, Rev. Phil Shaw of Rochester.
Senate Majority Leader David Senjem and Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk address the body before adjourning.
Thu January 26, 2012
The Senate holds a brief floor session.
Mon January 30, 2012
Senators take up various state agency commissioner confirmations including former State Senator Ellen Anderson as Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission.
Thu February 2, 2012
The Senate recognizes Friday, February 3rd, as "Minnesota Wear Red Day," raising awareness among women of the risks related to heart disease.
Wed February 8, 2012
A series of Senate measures designed to speed the period for civil actions and reform Minnesota's lawsuit process came before the Senate Wednesday, February 8th.
The bills, approved by the House earlier this year, generated considerable debate, as some members cited the measures as anti-consumer, while others cited the economic benefits to both businesses and consumers of easing judicial uncertainty.
Thu February 9, 2012
The Senate processes work during a short session.
Mon February 13, 2012
The Senate takes up General Orders and other Senate business.
Thu February 16, 2012
SF 1236 - Innocent Successor Asbestos-Related Liability Fairness Act.
Mon February 20, 2012
HF 1770 (Wolf) Allowing school districts to dismiss teachers based on merit rather than seniority
Thu February 23, 2012
HF 1467, the Defense of Dwelling and Person Act
Mon February 27, 2012
HF 1870 (Wolf) - Allowing school districts to base teacher leave of absence and discharge decisions on evaluation outcomes
Thu March 1, 2012
S.F. No. 1599: A bill for an act relating to veterans affairs; permitting a preference for private employers to hire and promote veterans; permitting a preference for private employers to hire and promote the spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 197.
S.F. No. 1656: A bill for an act relating to education; requiring the legislature to authorize any cyclical revisions of academic standards and high school graduation requirements; amending Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 120B.023, subdivision 2.
S.F. No. 1620: A bill for an act relating to eminent domain; providing for a hearing before an administrative law judgeon the amount or denial of eligibility for relocation assistance; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 117.52, subdivision 4.
S.F. No. 1212: A bill for an act relating to health records; adding adult children of a deceased patient to the definition of patient; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 144.291, subdivision 2.
S.F. No. 1542: A bill for an act relating to insurance; modifying defensive driving refresher course requirements; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 65B.28, subdivision 4.
S.F. No. 1739: A bill for an act relating to commerce; specifying the extent of responsibility of real estate licensees for property management activities on real property owned by the licensee or by an entity in which the licensee has an ownership interest; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 82.73, subdivision 3.
Mon March 5, 2012
S.F. No. 1620: (SENATE AUTHORS: KRUSE; Companion to H.F. No. 1833) A bill for an act relating to eminent domain; providing for a hearing before an administrative law judge on the amount ordenial of eligibility for relocation assistance; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 117.52, subdivision 4.
S.F. No. 1212: (SENATE AUTHORS: BROWN and Magnus; Companion to H.F. No. 1521) A bill for an act relating to health records; adding adult children of a deceased patient to the definition of patient; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 144.291, subdivision 2.
S.F. No. 1542: (SENATE AUTHORS: GAZELKA; Companion to H.F. No. 2441) A bill for an act relating to insurance; modifying defensive driving refresher course requirements; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 65B.28, subdivision 4.
S.F. No. 1739: (SENATE AUTHORS: KRUSE, Sparks and Gerlach; Companion to H.F. No. 2152) A bill for an act relating to commerce; specifying the extent of responsibility of real estate licensees for property management activities on real property owned by the licensee or by an entity in which the licensee has an ownership interest; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 82.73, subdivision 3.
H.F. No. 300: (HOUSE AUTHORS: Erickson and Myhra; SENATE AUTHORS: HANN; Companion to S.F. No. 1160) A bill for an act relating to education; recommending comprehensive eye exams;amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 121A.17, subdivision 3.
Thu March 8, 2012
SF 1567 (Ingebrigtsen) Environmental permits efficiency; environmental review modifications; conservation rate structure requirement elimination; appropriation
The Senate also engaged in extensive debate over referring the Right to Work Constitutional Amendment bill from the Jobs and Economic Development Committee to the Judiciary Committee.
Mon March 12, 2012
SF 1780 A bill for an act relating to higher education; clarifying the authority of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to continue operations during a budget impasse; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 136F.71, subdivision 3, by adding a subdivision.
SF 1551 A bill for an act relating to electrical inspections; providing for continued electrical inspections when biennial appropriations have not been enacted; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 326B.04, subdivision 1.
SF 1844 A bill for an act relating to natural resources; providing for continued operation of the Minnesota Zoological Garden when biennial appropriations have not been enacted; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 85A.04, subdivision 1.
Under Motions and Resolutions, the Senate officially refers bills to other committees and several bill referrals generate considerable discussion.
Tue March 13, 2012
The Senate holds a brief floor session to refer bills to the appropriate committees. No votes on legislation occurred.
Wed March 14, 2012
Due to the deadline requiring bills to be passed out policy committees by Friday, the Senate holds a very brief floor session to official refer bills to the appropriate committees.
Thu March 15, 2012
SF 1788 (Howe) Public utilities commission (PUC) regulatory burdens decennial study requirement
SF 1917 (Wolf) School district prone restraint usage extension and data collection and reporting requirements
HF 1515 (Newman) Late fee provisions modified, and provisions clarified relating to eviction from property subject to foreclosure.
SF 2166 (Wolf) School bus safety and standards provisions modifications
HF 1560 (Newman) Office of Administrative Hearings disposition of contested case hearings provided.
Mon March 19, 2012
HF 545 – Requiring state budget documents to include federal contingency planning
HF 1738 – Providing for detachment of property from a municipality
SF 1735 – Clarifying state bank closures for holidays
SF 1586 – Providing a felony level penalty for a cargiver or operator who intentionally deprives a vulnerable adult of necessary food, clothing, shelter, health care or supervision
SF 1934 – Regulating township mutual fire insurance company combination policies
SF 2131 – Authorizing completion of design-build projects approved by MnDOT commissioner
SF 2296 – Making changes to certificate or absentee ballot envelopes
Tue March 20, 2012
With another committee deadline approaching at the end of the week, the Senate holds a brief floor session to officially reassign bills to their appropriate committees.
Wed March 21, 2012
The Senate meets briefly to officially reassign bills to other committees.
Thu March 22, 2012
SF 1675 (Benson) Modifying provisions related to children and family services
SF 1750 (Carlson) Omnibus Lands Bill
SF 2493 (Ingebrigtsen) Legacy Bill
SF 1975 (DeKruif) Racing commission, gambling control board, and state lottery continuing operations during shutdown
SF 1843 (DeKruif) State park and recreation area appropriation and operation continuation during shutdown
Fri March 23, 2012
HF 2738 - (Newman) Voter Photo ID
Mon March 26, 2012
HF 2376 - Approval process for food service equipment;
SF 2088 - School board notification
SF 2535 - Board of School Administrators
SF 2213 - Princpal evaluation
SF 2183 - Unadopted rules
HF 2078 - Nonpublic pupil textbook aid
SF 2059 - CPR training and instruction
HF 1524 - Continuing education requirements
SF 451 - Adjustments to graduation standards
Tue March 27, 2012
SF 2342 (Gazelka) Regulating auto insurance claims practices
HF 2455 (DeKruif) City of Montgomery; authorizing the city to convey property for less than market value.
SF 1993 (Pederson) Building codes; modifying licensing exemptions relating to installation of certain sump pumps.
SF 2184 (Limmer) Real property; registered land; providing for registration for time share interests.
SF 2014 (Kruse) Metropolitan government; providing for staggered, four-year terms for members of the Metropolitan Council.
SF 1860 (Pederson_ Environment; modifying the definition of solid waste to exempt certain highway construction, improvement, or repair activities.
SF 1815 (Brown) Energy; establishing rights of incumbent transmission line owners regarding certain federally approved transmission lines.
SF 2334 (Vandeveer) Lobbying; modifying principal reports.
SF 1560 (Pederson) Requiring water supply demand reduction measures.
SF 1911 (Gazelka) Enacting the Freedom to Hunt and Fish Act of 2012.
SF 1140 (Parry) Clarifying placement of certain motor vehicle license plates.
SF 248 (Fischbach) Establishing criteria that must be met before a new radiation therapy facility can be constructed; requiring a study of radiation therapy facilities capacity.
SF 1543 (Rosen) Providing medical assistance coverage for community paramedic services.
SF 1948 (Hann) Modifying nursing facility rate equalization.
SF 1621 (Kruse) Modifying child care accreditation provisions.
SF 1835 (Gazelka) Modifying residency requirements.
SF 2173 (Kruse) Authorizing automated drug distribution systems.
Wed March 28, 2012
SF 2392 (Gerlach) liquor; modifying liquor regulation; authorizing liquor licenses.
SF 1875 (Dahms) insurance; property and casualty; permitting a written disclosure of guaranty association coverage when a policy is delivered; expanding access to accident reports to include all parties involved; permitting an insurance identification card to be provided in an electronic format.
SF 2137 (Dahms) insurance; regulating certain claims practices.
SF 2313 (Hann) insurance; permitting certain entities to administer unified personal health premium accounts; creating a task force.
SF 2000 (Kruse) mortgages; modifying provisions relating to foreclosure consultants.
HF 1384 (Kruse) fraudulent transfers; excluding certain transfers to charitable or religious organizations from the fraudulent transfers act.
SF 248 (Fischbach) health; establishing criteria that must be met before a new radiation therapy facility can be constructed; requiring a study of radiation therapy facilities capacity.
SF 1809 (Hann) health; removing requirements for implementation of evidence-based strategies as part of hospital community benefit programs and health maintenance organizations collaboration plans.
SF 1626 (Nelson) human services; creating a volunteer agreement form for volunteer dentists to enroll as a medical assistance provider if certain criteria are met.
SF 1717 (Miller) labor and industry; making changes to the State Building Code.
SF 1964 (Daley) labor and industry; implementing window cleaning safety measures.
SF 2084 (Limmer) public safety; eliminating a Department of Corrections report on performance measures and targets; authorizing the fugitive apprehension unit to apply for search warrants; restoring the commissioner of corrections' discretion in selecting inmates to participate in the challenge incarceration program and requiring the commissioner to report to the legislature on how close to capacity the program is being operated; permitting victim notification regarding offenders by Department of Corrections to include electronic notification in addition to written notification.
SF 2273 (Howe) public safety; motor vehicles; motor vehicle dealer regulations; expanding the class of eligible buyers for junked vehicles.
SF 2297 (Dahms) crime victims; establishing Jacob's law; requiring notification by law enforcement to social services if a child is neglected or abused outside the home; amending parental rights under custody orders to include police reports on minor children.
SF 201 (DeKruif) crimes; defining gross negligence in the criminal vehicular operation law.
SF 2394 (Howe) transportation; traffic regulations; amending brake requirements for towed implements of husbandry.
HF 2291 (Nelson) education finance; creating a process for adjusting adult basic education contact hours lost due to a service disruption.
HF 1812 (Gazelka) state government; permitting the Department of Administration to contract for waste hauling without determining whether state employees are able to do the work.
SF 1673 (Carlson) performance bonds; modifying a cost threshold relating to public works contracts.
Thu March 29, 2012
SF 1981 (Newman) police officers; providing for uniform procedures for police civilian review authorities.
SF 1793 (Dahms) insurance; modifying the definition of a health plan company.
SF 1524 (Pederson) occupations and professions; modifying licensing provisions and fees for architecture, engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture, geoscience, and interior design professions.
HF 2333 (Newman) public safety; specifically including theft of motor fuel in the theft crime; creating a permissive inference regarding theft of motor fuel; modifying the drive-off gas civil liability law.
HF 2173 (Daley) consumer protection; clarifying the definition of home solicitation sale.
HF 1923 (Pederson)- waters; requiring water supply demand reduction measures.
SF 2181 (Rosen) Renewable development account regulation.
HF 1384 (Kruse) fraudulent transfers; excluding certain transfers to charitable or religious organizations from the fraudulent transfers act.
HF 2793 (DeKruif) transportation; traffic regulations; allowing vehicle combination to transport property and equipment.
HF 2253 (Benson) human services; allowing out-of-state residential mental health treatment for certain children.
HF 1903 (Parry) veterans; honor guard stipends.
#20 SF 1856 (Carlson) lawful gambling; allowing licensed organizations to contribute net profits from lawful gambling to 501(c)(19) organizations.
#26 SF 1689 (DeKruif) veterans affairs; providing a waiver of immunity for veterans to sue the state of Minnesota as an employer in federal or other courts for violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act; giving special emphasis to recruitment of veterans for state employment; extending reemployment rights protections to certain nonpublic employees; increasing credits for veterans in open examination ratings for public employment.
#40 SF 2354 (Daley) veterans; providing noncompetitive appointment of certain disabled veterans
#36 SF 2271 (DeKruif) military; allowing issuance of state awards to nonmembers of the Minnesota National Guard.
#43 SF 1754 (Parry) lawful gambling; increasing the allowable per diem reimbursement from lawful gambling net profits for military marching, color guard, or honor guard units.
#45 SF 2316 (Magnus) veterans preference; modifying appointment procedure for removal hearing board.
Fri March 30, 2012
HF 2337 (Ortman) Omnibus jobs and tax relief bill (Note this bill was laid on the table and is not on General Orders)
#133 HF 2244 (Kruse) Permanent school fund advisory committee change into the legislative-citizen permanent school fund commission; school trust lands advisor appointment authorization.
#137 SF 1957 (Nelson) Employment and economic development department (DEED) permit management and coordination requirements.
#45 HF 2676 (Carlson) health; modifying eligibility for grants
Mon April 2, 2012
H.F. 1816 (Ingebrigtsen) Federally licensed firearm importers, manufacturers and dealers firearm silencers possession and sale to authorized law enforcement agencies, military and other licensed importers, manufacturers and dealers authorization
S.F. 753 (Rosen) Social workers licensure modifications
H.F. 203 (Senjem) Regulatory reform; legislative approval required prior to certain rules taking effect
S.F. 1678 (Hall) Public defenders provisions modifications; financial responsibilities outline for children in need of protection services (CHIPS) cases
S.F. 1880 (Senjem) Dodge county recorder and Clay county auditor-treasurer office appointment provisions authorization
S.F. 2060 (Limmer) Revisor's bill
H.F. 2333 (Newman) Crime of theft of motor fuel expansion and enforcement
H.F. 2046 (Limmer) Explosives possession permit applicants law enforcement background checks electronic civil commitment data access authorization
S.F. 2224 (Pederson) Unemployment insurance federal conformity, policy and housekeeping provisions
S.F. 2114 (Newman) Child support 20-year survival judgements provisions elimination
H.F. 2239 (Nelson) Pioneer vehicles titling and license plates requirements clarification and modification
H.F. 2508 (Newman) Controlled substances schedules alignment with federal schedules; pharmacy board controlled substances regulation authority modifications
Tue April 3, 2012
H.F. 389 (Vandeveer) Local government interim ordinances and municipal development land dedication and fees provisions modifications
S.F. 1553 (Carlson) Dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistant temporary guest license provisions modifications; board of nursing home administrators prior appropriation base adjustment modification
S.F. 396 (Koch) Horses as livestock agricultural classification modification
S.F. 1749 (Benson) Natural resources department (DNR) electronic licensing data access authorization modification
S.F. 2360 (Koch) Health professional education loan forgiveness program modification
H.F. 2128 (Hoffman) Emergency medical personnel licensing; Cooper/Sams volunteer ambulance program requirements verification modifications
H.F. 2187 (DeKruif) Motor vehicle dealers issuance of registration plates and stickers and lien satisfaction provisions modification
S.F. 2464 (Limmer) Sex offender sentencing grid modification
H.F. 2173 (Daley) Home solicitation sale definition clarification
H.F. 1992 (Ortman) Motor carrier contracts indemnity provisions prohibitions
Wed April 4, 2012
Conference Committee Report:
HF 2738 (Newman) Photo ID Conference Committee Report
HF 2398 (Magnus) Omnibus Ag Bill.
Thu April 5, 2012
SF 2314 (Parry) Khmer Freedom Fighters resolution
HF 1829 (Ingebrigtsen) public safety; authorizing county attorneys and assistant county attorneys to carry firearms on duty under the terms of a permit to carry;
SF 2121 (Robling) Unofficial fiscal note data classification
SF 1416 (Fischbach) real estate; providing process for unaffixing manufactured home from real property
HF 2216 (Gerlach) insurance; MCHA bill
HF 2132 (Vandeveer) Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority; clarifying the jurisdiction of the authority.
SF 2324 (Pederson) Satellite system contractors and installers licensure and regulation.
HF 2506 (Nelson) education; striking the requirement to allocate portions of reserved staff development revenue for particular purposes.
HF 2949 (Olson) Omnibus education policy bill
SF 1804 (Hann) State health and human services policy provisions modifications; comprehensive assessment and case management services reform.
SF 2188 (Rosen) Chemical health community-based integrated model of care plan creation
SF 2357 (Newman) Human services legal, licensing, licensing data and office of inspector general provisions modifications; human services background studies act modification.
SF 1679 (Hall) American Indian advisory council, alcohol and other drug abuse citizens advisory council, traumatic brain injury program advisory committee and American Indian child welfare advisory council expiration dates extension
HF 2294 (Hann) Omnibus HHS Finance
Mon April 16, 2012
HF 1766 (Lillie)- Child care assistance payments, union dues or fees deduction prohibition.
HF 1974 (Parry)- Collective bargaining contract terms .
SF 1808 (Rosen)- Omnibus retirement bill.
SF 2571 (Gimse)- Trunk highway bond issue and appropriation.
SF 2112 (Jungbauer)- Claims Bill
Tue April 17, 2012
SF 1694 (Jungbauer) - Regulating the manufacture, sale and use of fireworks
HF 2171 (Ingebrigtsen)- Omnibus game and fish
SF 1597 (DeKruif)- Veterans Provisions
SF 1573 (Fischbach)- Omnibus Higher Education
HF 1813 (Nelson)- contractors to assist state agencies in certain reorganization.
HF 1976 (DeKruif)- Requiring state government to use the federal E-Verify
Wed April 18, 2012
SF 1653 (Pederson) Independent contractors provisions modifications
HF 1236 (Hoffman) Pharmacy audit integrity program establishment
SF 1933 (Hann) Health Care Compact
SF 1755 (Gazelka) State employees unpaid leave option to avoid layoffs establishment
SF 1921 (Robling) Health licensure; Facilities performing abortions
HF 2174 (Lillie) Local government designated depositories
HF 1175 (Robling) Motor vehicles; Deputy registrars
SF 1199 (Pederson) Prevailing wages
SF 2187 (Koch) Memorializing Congress (Resolution)
HF 2373 (Ingebrigtsen) Public Safety; Felony of fraudulent or improper finance statements
HF 738 (Ingebrigtsen) Public Safety; Harassment restraining orders
HF 2246 (Nienow) Public Safety; DWI offenses
HF 2160 (Ingebrigtsen) Criminal Justice System; Fingerprints
Thu April 19, 2012
H.F. 469 (Chamberlain) Harassment restraining orders jurisdiction
S.F. 1922 (Pederson) State agency rules review and reporting methods provisions modifications
H.F. 2731 (Magnus) Community energy technical assistance and outreach assessment and grant requirement
S.F. 230 (Gerlach) Nurse Licensure Compact
H.F. 2614 (Lillie) Administrative law judge and compensation judge mandatory retirement age modification
S.F. 2326 (Pederson) Barbers licensing, fees and regulations modifications and appropriations increase
H.F. 2335 (Thompson) Debt collection agencies licensure procedures and debt collector registration modification
H.F. 2861 (Saxhaug) Municipalities emergency medical services
agencies grants authorization
Fri April 20, 2012
HF 2647 - (Hall) Education employment settlement agreements involving the payment of public money, public data definition clarification;
HF 2090 - (Thompson)State procurement of outside contracts restrictions removal and repeal;
SF 2098 - (Sparks) Cooperative electric associations integrated resources plan filing requirement exemption
Mon April 23, 2012
H.F. 1607 (Benson) State Capitol area security advisory committee creation; state patrol protection to government officials authorization
H.F. 2341 (Gazelka) Abortion RU-486 (mifepristone) administration and physician presence requirement
H.F. 2958 (Robling) Legislative advisory commission membership and request to spend federal money review requirements modifications; veterans affairs and public safety appropriations authorization; GI bill program modification
H.F. 2164 (Ingebrigtsen) Omnibus environment and natural resources policy bill
H.F. 2447 (Marty) Office of administrative hearings judge authority to perform marriages
H.F. 2171 (Ingebrigtsen) Omnibus game and fish bill
Tue April 24, 2012
H.F. 2532 (Hann) Electronic prescribing of controlled substances authorization
H.F. 1134 (Chamberlain) Annuity products regulation
S.F. 2403 (Limmer) Government data practices provisions modifications
H.F. 2627 (Hann) Health and human services policy bill
Wed April 25, 2012
H.F. 2046 (Limmer) Explosives possession permit applicants law enforcement background checks electronic civil commitment data access authorization
H.F. 2136 (Gazelka) Damaged vehicle salvage title and damage disclosure modifications; electronic insurance identification card authorization
S.F. 1761 (Lourey) Sandstone Wild River apartments development sale authorization
Thu April 26, 2012
H.F. 2638 (Gazelka) Portable electronics insurance sales provisions modifications
H.F. 2705 (Newman) Real estate closing agents licensing requirements modifications
H.F. 418 (Daley) Back Office Consolidation Act
H.F. 2555 (Bonoff) Sunset advisory commission sunset review, administrative procedures and fees modifications; combative sports commission transfer of duties; appropriations
H.F. 2269 (Parry) Help America Vote Act appropriation authorization
Fri April 27, 2012
Following an objection to the Senate Taxes Committee Report acknowledging passage of SF 2391, financing a new Vikings stadium, the Senate is under call. While under call, Senate Majority Leader David Senjem withdraws the committee report, and Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, raises a point of order, and Sen. Senjem moves for adjournment.
H.F. 2821 (Michel) House of Representatives district boundaries within Senate districts 39 and 49 modifications
S.F. 1983 (DeKruif) Construction code fund transfer to the general fund elimination; fire safety account distributions modification
Sat April 28, 2012
Senate takes up confernce committee reports, including HF 1870, requiring school districts to use teacher evaluation outcomes rather than seniority in determining discharges and layoffs. The Senate also considers HF 2171, the omnibus game and fish bill conference report.
Mon April 30, 2012
The Senate considers the conference committee report to HF 2555 (Bonoff) Implementing the Sunset Advisory Commission's recommendations.
The Senate also takes final action on HF 1721 (Rosen) Authorizing redevelopment demolition loans.
Tue May 1, 2012
HF 2685 - (Gimsie) Omnibus Transportation Bill
Conference Committee Report on HF 2269 - Authorizing Help America Vote Act Appropriation
Thu May 3, 2012
The Senate approved the conference committee report to HF 2337, the omnibus tax bill, which provides a variety of business tax incentives, including holding firm the statewide business property tax. The measure, HF 2337, sponsored by Senate Tax Chair Julianne Ortman, also includes tax credits for research and development and tax incentives for investments in developing companies. Furthermore, homeowners facing rising property taxes could find relief through increased property tax refunds.
Also during the Thursday, May 3rd, session, the Senate attempted to override Governor Mark Dayton's veto of SF 1694, a bill easing state prohibition on fireworks.
Mon May 7, 2012
HF 1752 - Capital Improvements Bill
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORTS
HF 2685 - (Gimsie) Omnibus transportation bill;
SF 1143 - (Limmer) Omnibus data practices bill;
SF 1755 - (Gazelka) Unpaid leaves to avoid layoffs in state government;
HF 1721 - (Rosen) Redevelopment demolition loans; establishing a small business advocate office
HF 2967 - Updating education and human services appropriations for forecasting purposes; miscellaneous supplemental appropriations
Tue May 8, 2012
The Senate gave its final approval to SF 2391, a bill providing financing for a $975 million dollar Vikings stadium located in Minneapolis. Under the measure, the state would contribute $398 million dollars to the construction of the facility by taxing revenue on new electronic pull-tabs and bingo charitable games. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, also imposes user fees and a surcharge on stadium suites.
During the nearly 12 hour debate, the Senate considered several amendments, including replacing all gambling revenue with user fees. That amendment, sponsored by Sen. John Howe, R-Red Wing, was originally adopted, but failed after reconsideration.
The bill will be heard in conference committee.
Wed May 9, 2012
HF 247 - Omnibus Tax Bill Conference Committee Report
HF 322 - Changing custody and parenting time by increasing minimum parenting time to 35 percent.
Conference Committee Report to SF 1653 (Pederson) Clarifying employee classification of independent contractors; providing pilot project for contractor registration
Senate Confirmation Calendar
Thu May 10, 2012
After many years of effort, the Senate stamped its approval to the financing of a $975 million dollar Vikings stadium. With the certainty of Governor Mark Dayton's signature, the bill will become law and Minneapolis will be the home to the new facility.
The final Senate and House agreement results in the Vikings contributing $477 million to the project, which is $50 million more than originally planned. The City of Minneapolis would provide $150 million dollars to the project, and the state of Minnesota would contribute $348 million dollars. The state share will be largely raised through new electronic pull-tabs and electronic bingo games.
Fri August 24, 2012
A bill providing $167.5 million dollars in disaster relief aid for Northeastern Minnesota, the Bemidji area and Southeastern Minnesota gained the Senate's final approval on a 60 to 7 vote during a special session Friday, August 24.