The House appointed committee members, while the Senate made some modifications to its committee structure.
(Published Jan 7, 2019)
Both the House and Senate recently made announcements regarding committee changes for the 2019 legislative session, which starts tomorrow, Jan. 8.
The House appointed committee members, while the Senate made some modifications to its committee structure. Committee restructuring is typical after a change in majority party control.
Rep. Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park), the newly designated House speaker, recently released the committee rosters for the newly defined House committee structure, which includes 34 committees, subcommittees, and divisions.
Appointment of members of the majority caucus to committees, subcommittees, and divisions is at the discretion of the speaker-designate. Under House Rules, the speaker-designate must inform the minority leader-designate, Rep. Kurt Daudt (R-Crown), of the number of minority party members to be assigned to each committee, subcommittee, and division. If the minority leader complies with the parameters outlined by the speaker-designate, those minority members must be appointed to the respective committees.
The Senate also modified its committee structure due to the departure of Sen. Michelle Fischbach (R-Paynesville), who became the lieutenant governor under Gov. Mark Dayton, and the pending election of Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) as the president of the Senate.
Sen. Paul Anderson (R-Minnetonka) will now chair the Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee, which was formerly chaired by Sen. Fischbach. Sen. Eric Pratt (R-Prior Lake) will chair the Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Committee, which was formerly chaired by Sen. Miller.
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