Bipartisan bill aims to end gridlock at the end of sessions

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A group of bipartisan lawmakers announced legislation that would prevent last minute bills from coming to a vote near the end of session.

The bill was announced at a press conference on Thursday.

"It is imperative that we change how we do things at the Captiol," Rochester Senator Carla Nelson said in the press conference.

The lawmakers said near the end of session there was too little time to read all of the bills that were being put on the floor before voting.

"The public has seen enough of these last-minute shenanigans where there's some perceived leverage so we wait until the last minute, then pump out these huge compromises and people find out what's in them after the gavel drops. We don't have to live that way," Nelson said.

The bill would establish a fourth committee deadline for large budget bills, which tend to be longer, so they would be posted a week before the legislature recesses.

Sen. Jeremy Miller, a Republican from Winona, said that both parties are to blame and that this move would make the government more transparent.

“It gives us a week at the end of session to get our work done so we’re not scrambling at the last minute,” Miller said. “We all know that legislators, just like anyone else, need deadlines.”

You can read the bill in its entirety by clicking here.

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