After months of chatter, Dayton says a special session won't happen


There won't be a special session in the next month.

Gov. Mark Dayton told media members today that with "great regret," he was announcing there will be no special session to address three key issues both parties had identified as priorities, the Pioneer Press reports.

Dayton's firm answer came just a day after he sent a letter to top legislative leaders (both Republicans and Democrats), asking them to clearly state whether they will commit to a one-day-only special session.

It would have been held sometime between now and March 8 – the date lawmakers are already scheduled to reconvene for the regular lawmaking session.

That's only 35 days away. But Dayton said in the letter the three issues – unemployment benefits for laid off mine workers; getting Minnesota compliant with federal ID standards (known as Real ID); and measures to address racial economic disparities in the state – could not wait until the regular session.


Dayton, a Democrat, has put the blame on Republicans, saying they've been dragging their feet since the idea of a special session was floated back in November.

But GOP officials (specifically Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt) countered their comments, saying the governor hasn't put together a clear plan or proposals for it.

During his presser Tuesday, the governor said Republicans said they wanted $272 million worth of business tax cuts as part of an agreement to hold a special session – which he wouldn't agree to, MPR reports.

There's been some reaction on Twitter from state lawmakers, including Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul).


As well as some back and forth between reps. Calry Melin (DFL) and Pat Garofalo (R) regarding the business tax breaks (with the former pointing out Democrats supported such a move a few years ago.)

Who calls a special session exactly? Well according to this legislative document, that's the governor's job – but it’s up to lawmakers to decide which issues to tackle, and for how long it will go.


Dayton's health

Dayton also told reporters Tuesday he is doing fine after fainting at an event Sunday evening, Mary Lahammer with TPT tweeted.


An adviser for the governor said Sunday night they believed it was dehydration, something reiterated by the governor Tuesday. He was home from the hospital Monday afternoon, and said he planned to keep his full schedule.

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