Skip to main content
Publish date:

MN lawmakers pass budget in overnight special session

The House and the Senate had to burn the midnight oil to hammer out the $48 billion spending bill.

After working through the night, state lawmakers have emerged from a one-day special session with a $48 billion budget bill.

Both the House and the Senate were able to approve the legislation by the agreed-upon 7 a.m. deadline Saturday morning, meaning the state government officially has funding for the next two years.

The budget bills cover a wide array of funding needs, including education, health care, road and infrastructure improvements, elections and even cybersecurity. 

There are some problems with the work that was accomplished, however; with such a speedy session, lawmakers did not have enough time to properly review the language of the bills.

As the Star Tribune notes, this was a concession that had to be made in order to make this morning's deadline, with the legislators voting to set aside rules that would normally mandate "first, second and third" readings of the bills.

The paper quotes Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, as saying "there will be mistakes" in the legislation.

The special session came about after the 2019 legislative session officially ended on Tuesday, with top lawmakers and Gov. Tim Walz striking an agreement to go into overtime on Friday to get a budget passed.

Both sides have been in talks throughout the week, which gave them a head start going into the special session. 

"Minnesota is showing the rest of the nation that Republicans and Democrats can still find compromise and work together to get things done," Gov. Tim Walz (D) said in a statement, per KSTP. 

Walz says he will sign the bills next week, the station notes.

One bill he won't be signing is the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act, named for the Minnesota resident and diabetic who died at age 26 after he was unable to afford insulin.

The bill — which would have levied fees on Minnesota’s three largest insulin providers to fund an assistance program for those who can't afford the life-saving drug — had wide bipartisan support, but was not included in the final votes thanks partly to a miscommunication between the two legislative chambers.




Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' winning streak snapped at five games

The Wolves' bid for their longest winning streak since 2014 came up short.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Teen arrested over fatal shooting of 5-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park

Police say the teen was filming a social media video while handling a gun.

Joe Biden

President Biden coming to Minnesota to promote Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Tuesday's trip follows passage of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov gets into the holiday spirit to rout Jets

Kirill Kaprizov's four points led the Wild to a 7-1 victory.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Cure to Vikings' disrupted season lies in an explosive passing game

The Vikings go to San Francisco knowing that a win would be a huge boost to their playoff hopes.

unsplash football helmet ground

Judge upholds star QBs suspension for state championship game

Sam Backer, of Chatfield Senior High, won't be allowed to play in Friday's title game.

Screen Shot 2021-11-25 at 7.53.37 AM

Another 5,000 lbs. of goldfish removed from Carver County lakes

It all likely stemmed from people dumping their pets into local waters a few years ago.

Rosaleia Shelton

Appeal to find 19-year-old missing from Bloomington

The teen left her home on Monday afternoon.

hospital, emergency room

Deaths of twin fetuses after woman was shot ruled a double homicide

The woman was shot in the abdomen in mid-September.



MN Senate ends special session with no deal on police reform

Lawmakers failed to agree on other critical legislation as well.

Minnesota House passes bill to ban indoor vaping

The bill, which would greatly expand the indoor smoking ban, now heads to the Senate.

Minnesota lawmakers are getting a pay raise this summer

The citizen panel responsible for the decision has OK'd a small salary bump.

Legislature finally passes $46B budget – but is a Dayton veto imminent?

Health, transportation and public works bills were all agreed last night.

Lawmakers pass just 1 budget bill before end of session

Here's an overview of what got done, and everything left to do.