'Phase II' of budget bills could include provisions important to cities.
(Published May 16, 2017)
The Legislature passed five budget bills on May 15. As expected, those five budget bills, as well as a policy bill modifying the interim ordinance process, were vetoed by Gov. Dayton within an hour of receiving them. Five other omnibus finance bills were vetoed on May 12.
Legislative leaders are continuing negotiations May 16 on “Phase II” of budget, tax, and bonding bills.
Governor’s veto letters from May 15 include:
Record of the bills vetoed by the governor, including the five other budget bills that were vetoed last Friday, are available on the Legislature's website.
Read more: Dayton Calls on Republican Lawmakers to Take Policy out of Budget Debate (Star Tribune)
Now the Legislature will likely move so-called “vehicle bills” through the process so that conference committees can be appointed and ready to act when negotiations between the governor and legislative leaders warrant action. Negotiated bill language is expected to be added into the vehicle bills.
League staff are continuing to monitor city issues in the legislation as the final week of the Legislature progresses. The Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn at midnight on Monday, May 22.
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