Legislators get to work in St. Paul

Priorities include what to do with 1.5 billion dollar surplus

January 08, 2019 - 7:18 am
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A new day is dawning in St. Paul with the 2019 legislative session set to get underway with the swearing in of members at noon Tuesday.

There will be 38 new members taking their seats in the Minnesota House.

"They'll get to work, but the work will be mostly learning," according to WCCO Radio political analyst Blois Olson. "Learning issues, understanding their committee assignments, the schedule, and getting to know their staff."

The real work will come soon enough. This is a budget year, with much of the focus on state expenditures and Minnesota's $1.5 billion budget surplus.  

Olson says issues like prescription drug reform, distracted driving, and recreational marijuana are also expected to be on the top of many lawmakers' agendas.

Democrats are now in control of the House, while power in the Senate remains in Republican hands.  

Democratic Gov. Tim Walz was sworn in Monday during a ceremony at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.