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What passed – and what didn't – as the 2016 legislative session ends

It was once again a chaotic end to the session.
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What passed – and what didn't – as the legislative session endsIt was another chaotic end to the legislative session Sunday night as lawmakers scrambled to pass bills before the midnight deadline.

There were four major bills at the center of Sunday's debates. Here's a look at what passed, and what didn't.

Transportation

Again, lawmakers couldn't agree on a comprehensive transportation funding bill before the deadline.

Session Daily outlines Saturday's debate on transportation here. But the bill was pushed aside on Sunday as Republicans and Democrats tried to find common ground in other areas.

Funding to fix the state's roads and bridges was a top priority for this year's session after lawmakers couldn't agree on how to pay for it last year.

Public works/bonding

A bonding bill is a staple of even-numbered legislative sessions. But in the "chaotic final minutes" of the session, lawmakers failed to pass a roughly $1 billion package to fund public works projects around the state, Session Daily says.

After shouting on the House floor, the bonding bill passed the House – despite lawmakers not having enough copies of the bill for everyone to read it – with a 91-39 vote. But it died after the Senate voted to add an amendment to include funding for the Southwest light rail. The House adjourned before it could vote on the amendment.

This means many projects across the state will go unfunded, unless there's a special session. However, Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday that he saw no reason to call a special session (he's the only one who can), the Star Tribune says.

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Tax Bill

The tax bill was the first major bill to be passed by both chambers on Sunday. It passed the Republican-controlled House with a 123-10 vote and 55-12 in the DFL-controlled Senate.

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The bill would cut taxes by almost $260 million in the next year, and over $500 million in the next two-year budget cycle. A tax credit for college graduates paying off loans is a key part. You can read how the Senate DFL breaks down the bill here.

Supplemental Budget

Legislative leaders met all weekend to come up with compromises on a supplemental budget bill, and now the $182 million bill is headed to the governor's desk.

Most members of the House hadn't read all 599 pages of the bill before it passed with a vote of 95-39 late Sunday, Session Daily reports. It passed in the Senate 50-16.

It covers education, rural broadband, state government, jobs and economic development, judiciary and public safety, environment and natural resources, and agriculture.

Dozens of other bills did pass both the House and Senate. For a list of proposals that Dayton has signed into law, click here.

The Legislature officially adjourns Monday, but lawmakers aren't allowed to vote on any bills.

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