Legislative Committee Deadlines Set for 2019 Session

Much of the legislation involving cities is subject to committee deadlines, so it’s important for city officials to take note of them.
(Published Feb 11, 2019)

House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) recently announced the committee deadline calendar for the 2019 legislative session. The Legislature establishes committee deadlines to focus activity on legislation that has general support in the committee process.

The Senate has not officially adopted the committee deadlines, but is expected to this week.

Importance to cities

Much of the legislation involving cities is subject to committee deadlines. Therefore, it is important for these bills to receive hearings in committee prior to their respective deadlines to have a chance at final passage this year. This requires consistent monitoring and input from the League as well as from city officials.

First deadline

The first committee deadline is March 15. A bill, or its companion bill in the other body, must be reported out of all committees in the house of origin by this date.

The deadline generally applies to legislation before policy committees, but specifically does not apply to the House committees on Capital Investment, Ways and Means, Taxes, or Rules and Legislative Administration, nor to the Senate committees on Capital Investment, Finance, Taxes, or Rules and Administration.

Second deadline

The second committee deadline is March 29, and requires that committees act favorably on bills, or companion bills, that met the first deadline in the other body. The second deadline also does not apply to the House committees on Capital Investment, Ways and Means, Taxes, or Rules and Legislative Administration, nor to the Senate committees on Capital Investment, Finance, Taxes, or Rules and Administration.

Third deadline

The third committee deadline is April 12. The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills by that date.

By law, the Legislature must adjourn by the first Monday after the third Saturday in May, which will be May 20, 2019.

Other important dates

The League’s Legislative Conference is Feb. 20-21. The conference will take place at the Capitol and presents an opportunity for city officials to meet with their legislators to discuss the various issues affecting cities.

The Legislature will be in recess for the Easter/Passover holidays April 13-22. This is also a good time for city officials to meet with their legislators.

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