2016 Legislative Session

Source: Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services The 2016 Election Directory for the 2017-2018 Minnesota Legislature has been updated and now includes a section on the Minnesota Senate. See http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hinfo/leginfo/elecdir16.pdf to view this directory. Expect further updates to the publication as contact and committee information become available.

Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders were not able to reach an agreement on the content of a special session. As reported earlier, funding for a light-rail line has derailed plans for a special session. After a short meeting on Thursday, Gov. Dayton announced no agreement could be reached among legislative…

Source: Minnesota Department of Education The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) opened up applications Thursday for the Grow Your Own Grant Opportunity. The Grow Your Own Grant is part of the MSBA-initiated Teacher Shortage Act. Per MDE: Funding is available to provide first-class city school districts and other school districts with…

Source: Minnesota Department of Education Even with a short turnaround, Gov. Mark Dayton’s Voluntary Prekindergarten program received strong interest across the state. The application process for the program ran from June 3 through July 1. According to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), 234 school districts and charter schools began…

The Legislative Study Group on Educator Licensure is slated to meet from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today (Thursday, July 21) at the Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1200). The meeting is scheduled to be streamed via http://mnsenate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=1.  The Minnesota Legislature established this 12-member group to recommend how to restructure Minnesota’s teacher licensure system by consolidating all teacher…

Source: Session Daily Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders said Friday they expect to hold a special session in mid- to late-August to pass at least a corrected tax bill and public works borrowing bill. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) and Senate Majority Leader Tom…

Source: Session Daily By Lee Ann Schutz Now that the omnibus tax bill is off the table because of Gov. Mark Dayton’s pocket veto Monday, leverage for calling a special session seems to be moving toward resurrecting the capital investment bill, a casualty of the Legislature’s hurry-up-and-get-it done May 23…

As of yesterday at midnight, Gov. Mark Dayton’s pocket veto on the tax bill took effect. By not taking action, the governor is letting the measure expire — abruptly vetoing the entire tax bill. The most important provision in the bill would have lowered agriculture taxes by 40 percent for current…

Source: Minnesota Department of Education Voluntary prekindergarten was established by Gov. Dayton and the 2016 Minnesota Legislature for the purpose of preparing children for success as they enter kindergarten the following year. The funding allows districts, charter schools with recognized early learning programs, or a combination thereof, to incorporate a…

Source: Session Daily By Jonathan Avise Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday laid out a lengthy wish list to state lawmakers that he said must be met before he’ll agree to sign into law a $259 million tax cut package passed last month or call the Legislature into special session. Enumerated…

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