Can the Legislature Adjourn Early?
That is the question on
everybody’s mind as the legislature has completed a significant amount of their
work with May first approaching. The biggest hang-up to accomplishing
that goal, adjourning before Monday, May 19th, will be the passage
of a bonding bill. Bonding bills require a 60% majority of the
legislature and that forces the majority party to work with minority party
members to achieve a compromise.
Last session, legislative leaders
agreed to have an $850 million bonding bill and now Governor Dayton is
urging legislative leaders to break that agreement and bond for more due to
extremely low interest rates. This could be the real hang-up that will
delay the session, possibly right up to its constitutionally-mandated
adjournment date. Below is an update on the latest.