Following a Legislative session that resulted in just a single major budget bill being passed, lawmakers and Gov. Tim Walz indicated a special session would be needed to finish the work.
That special session will take place today, Friday May 24, the governor's office announced. Walz came to an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (Republican) and Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman (DFL) to begin the special session at 10 a.m.
And they're giving themselves less than 24 hours to get everything done.
Per the agreement, the session will adjourn by 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 25.
"I am proud that we came together across party lines to build a budget that will improve the lives of Minnesotans,” Walz said in a statement. “Now it’s our responsibility to take that budget across the finish line.”
Which means the key bills lawmakers couldn't agree on over the past four months - including taxes, public safety, environment, state government funding, and more - need to be fully written and passed by both the House and Senate in 21 hours.
But will it happen?
They're not starting from scratch. Not only have the spending targets been settled, lawmakers have been meeting since the session officially ended Tuesday morning, in anticipation of this upcoming special session.
The agreement between Walz, Gazelka and Hortman also limits the bills being voted on to the omnibus budget bills, and limits support for additional amendments.
However, as Sessions Daily points out, there is real uncertainty. At least some lawmakers will need to cross party lines in order to bypass regular rules and push everything through in a single day.
It's not clear if House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (Republican) or Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL) are on board with this plan, nor is it known if there will be enough votes for the special session to wrap up by Saturday morning.
Daudt, in a statement sent at 7 p.m. Thursday, specifically said "there are no agreements in place with the House Republican caucus regarding tomorrow's special session."
So, as usual, we'll wait and see.