Minnesota Legislative Update
The 2018 session of the Minnesota Legislature adjourned with Gov. Dayton following through on his threat to veto a massive omnibus spending and policy bill, as well as an attempt to bring state tax law into conformity with the new federal tax code.
With the legislative session completed, all eyes will focus to the 2018 election, where voters will decide on a number of different races, including two U.S. Senate seats, all eight congressional seats, the Governor’s Office, the state’s other constitutional officers and the Minnesota House of Representatives. The Minnesota Senate is not up for re-election until 2020.
However, Senate President Michelle Fischbach has retired from the Minnesota Senate to become Minnesota’s next Lieutenant Governor, a vacancy created when Senator Tina Smith was appointed to fill the vacancy created by Senator Al Franken’s resignation late last year. With Senator Fischbach’s resignation, the Minnesota Senate is now split 33-33 between Democrats and Republicans. A special election to fill this vacancy will occur concurrently with the general election in November and will determine control of the Minnesota Senate in 2019.