Walz and party leaders don't want to wait to get work done

Open and transparent negotiation are the key to the proposal

February 11, 2019 - 6:00 am

They're putting on a show of cooperation at the state capitol on Monday.

Governor Walz appears with Democratic and Republican leaders to make sure the legislative process is moving along as planned.

Scheduled to join the governor are Senate GOP leader Paul Gazelka and House Speaker Melissa Hortman to reveal joint legislative deadlines. 

The party leaders believe the deadlines will allow for an open and transparent conference committee process, ensuring that all decisions are made in public. 

Their goal is to push lawmakers to get work done early, instead of waiting until the waning hours of the legislative session.

"While it still looks to become tense at the end, I think it will be a more transparent process," said WCCO political analyst Blois Olson.  

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On this week's legislative schedule, the House Ways and Means Committee will be looking at six bills, including one that would eliminate the "marital exception" in rape and other criminal sexual cases.

Another bill would establish two new felony level sexual conduct offenses for school employees or contractors who engage in inappropriate relationships with students.

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