Minnesota lawmakers setting stage for July special session

WCCO Radio Newsroom
June 30, 2020 - 10:47 am

    Nothing’s official yet, but Minnesota lawmakers are laying the groundwork for yet another special session that many hope will finally tie up the ends that were left straggling when the gavel came down in May.
    And in June.

    Legislators met for a week earlier in the month and failed to make significant progress on a bonding bill and police reform.

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    There are committee meetings set up before the upcoming holiday weekend, and more are expected early next week.

    There is hope a special session can begin as early as July 10.

    “I talked to one legislative leader yesterday that said that they felt like there’s a 30 percent chance that they were going to come to an agreement before that deadline,” said WCCO political analyst Blois Olson.

    The goal of setting a special session is to have a consensus beforehand, setting up a quick vote and adjourning.

    “We’re in this kind of lull right now where these hearings will raise issues and increase tensions,” Olson told Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News. “I call this the cooling-off period and they’ll probably get back to work in earnest after the July 4th holiday.”

    Meetings are scheduled at the capitol in St. Paul on Wednesday.

    Senate Republicans are scheduled to discuss justice reform, with Democrats already voicing some concern about staging a hearing that might draw large and emotional crowds.

    The capitol building has not had testimony at open meetings since Gov. Walz declared a peacetime emergency in March and set up social distancing guidelines.

    In the House, a hearing on Tuesday addresses educational issues, including what steps Minnesota public schools should take when reopening their buildings for classes in the fall.

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