First day of Minnesota legislative session

Gov. Walz, Senator Gazelka, House Speaker Hortman talk about Day One on WCCO

WCCO Radio Newsroom
February 11, 2020 - 4:36 am
Capitol building in St. Paul



Minnesota lawmakers are heading back to work Tuesday to start the new session.  

Bonding will likely be the main topic of discussion in St. Paul this year.

The two-year budget was passed last year, and short-term funding commitments are expected to be discussed during this session.  

That's possible because the state has a $1.3 billion budget surplus.

Governor Walz is proposing $2 billion in investments, with Republicans coming in at a lower number.

Another issue on the table, changing Minnesota's primary laws.

Secretary of State Steve Simon and a bipartisan group of lawmakers want to pass bill to protect the privacy of Minnesotans, who vote in the Super Tuesday presidential primary March 3.

The legislative session ends May 18, 2020, as required by the Minnesota Constitution.

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