In MN, The Governor called a one-day special session for Friday, May 24 and, in a marathon 24-hour session, the Legislature passed the bills required to implement the state’s biennial budget.
The bipartisan budget agreement reached by the Governor and legislative leaders spends roughly $48.3 billion, a 6.2% increase over the previous biennium, but did not include any new transportation or transit related taxes or fees.
Several workforce mandate proposals were debated this year, including wage theft, paid family leave, earned sick and safe time, and preemption. Of the four, the House and Senate could only reach a compromise on wage theft which was included in the Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development, Energy and Climate and Telecommunications Policy and Finance bill passed during the Special Session.
Read a special member only summary of the 2019 MN legislative session here.