Dayton calls for special session Monday for $4.7M in disaster relief


After some wrangling and many details to set, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton officially called Friday for a special session to approve some $4.7 million in disaster relief, almost all of it for areas hit hard by June storms.

As the Pioneer Press reports, the Legislature will come back to the Capitol for a special session on Monday to provide disaster relief to 18 central and southern Minnesota counties.

Capitol Chatter says the 10 a.m. session, expected to be preceded by a Senate committee hearing, must wrap up by 7 a.m. Tuesday under a deal Dayton and legislative leaders earlier signed. The $4.5 million is a match for federal payments that will pay for most of the $18 million in damages, some $219,000 will be spent on communities hit by ice storms in April.

The relief is to be the only item on the agenda.

Dayton formalized the negotiations, according to the Star Tribune. The governor and DFL and GOP leaders signed an agreement on four key points, says the paper. The agreement is here. The parameters included that the four legislative leaders would sign off on the exact language of the special session bill by today.

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