It’s been two weeks since the chaotic end of the legislative session. I’d like to take a moment to give you a brief update on the possibility of a special session.
Recently, we learned that there was a significant $101 million error in the tax bill and Governor Dayton vetoed it. Legal experts say a special session is necessary to correct the mistake. Additionally, there is still uncompleted work that needs to be addressed, including a long-term transportation compromise and a robust bonding bill.
According to the Minnesota Constitution, only the Governor can call a special session. Governor Dayton has said he is open to a special session, but only if there is a written agreement on a long term transportation plan among House and Senate leaders. I agree that we should come together, compromise on a transportation bill that meets our long term needs, fix the mistake in the tax bill, and pass a balanced bonding bill that includes vital improvement projects across the state.
The special session should be an open and transparent process. Earlier this year, I voted for a legislative reform that would have ensured bills are available to the public for at least 24 hours before a final vote. Unfortunately, the Republican House Majority opposed that measure. If it had been in place this year, the errors that plagued the end of the session would have likely been avoided. It’s important for us to be thoughtful and thorough when reviewing legislation. Additionally, it is my understanding that Governor Dayton has invited legislative leaders to continue negotiations next week.
Thank you for the honor of serving as your voice at the State Capitol. I take my responsibility to serve you, our community, and state very seriously. I’ll keep you updated on any progress we make.