March 20, 2020 •
The House and Senate went into overdrive March 19 to complete deals on a new state budget and an updated 10-year highway program before vacating the Capitol until late April.
Lawmakers agreed to set aside $50 million for unforeseen expenditures during the COVID-19 crisis.
Another $15 million was allocated for emergency preparedness operations tied to the virus.
Additionally, the House and Senate voted to send a comprehensive transportation bill of $9.7 billion to Gov. Laura Kelly.
This decadelong program for roads, bridges, railways, and airports would make a top priority of highway system preservation projects.
The Legislature is scheduled to return April 27 to adjust the state budget and take up other unfinished work on bills.
However, there is no guarantee the pandemic would allow the 165 legislators to congregate.
July 8, 2020 •
Gov. Tim Walz announced on July 7, he intends to call lawmakers back for an open-ended session beginning July 13. Walz stated the session will coincide with the 30-day extension of the peacetime emergency ending July 12, and added that […]
Gov. Tim Walz announced on July 7, he intends to call lawmakers back for an open-ended session beginning July 13.
Walz stated the session will coincide with the 30-day extension of the peacetime emergency ending July 12, and added that other issues should get top billing.
Walz is obligated by law to call a special session for the Legislature to approve the emergency declaration.
The Senate tried to revoke the governor’s executive power during the first special session ending June 19.
However, the attempt failed because it requires the vote of both chambers.
In the first special session, no deals were reached on legislation both parties said was necessary and everything will be on the agenda again.
The Legislature will determine the length of the session.