Omnibus Bill Conference Committees Announced

Conference committees must reconcile differences between House and Senate versions of major bills.
(Published Apr 24, 2017)

Conference committee appointments for the 10 major omnibus state budget and tax bills were announced last week. The conference committees will attempt to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate positions and then send the conference committee reports back to the House and Senate floors for final action before the bills are sent to the governor.

Below is a list of the major omnibus finance bills and tax bills, along with the names of the conferees:
Please note: The first bill number listed is the primary bill. The second bill is the companion bill and will be described as the “unofficial engrossment” of the primary bill.

Tax bill (HF 4/SF 2255)
Conferees: Reps. Davids (R-Preston), Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa), Hertaus (R-Greenfield), McDonald (R-Delano), and Marquart (DFL-Dilworth) and Sens. Chamberlain (R-Lino Lakes), Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) , Miller (R-Winona), Senjem (R-Rochester), and Rest (DFL-New Hope).

Read about the provisions of interest to cities:

See the League's letter to the tax bill conference committee (pdf)

Questions on the tax bill? Contact Gary Carlson at or Heather Corcoran at

Jobs, commerce, energy, labor & industry and employment & economic development finance (SF 1937/HF 2209)
Conferees: Reps. Garofalo (R-Farmington), Newberger (R-Becker), Hoppe (R-Chaska), O’Neill (R-Maple Lake), Mahoney (DFL-St. Paul) and Senators Miller (R-Winona), Dahms (R-Redwood Falls), Osmek (R-Mound), Anderson, P. (R-Plymouth), Champion (DFL-Minneapolis).

Read about the provisions of interest to cities:

See a joint letter to legislators about workforce housing (pdf)

Questions? Contact Laura Ziegler at for broadband provisions, Heather Corcoran at for workforce housing, and Irene Kao at for interim ordinance information.

Public safety and judiciary finance (SF 803/HF 896)
Conferees: Reps. Cornish (R-Vernon Center), Johnson, B. (R-Cambridge), Zerwas (R-Elk River), Scott (R-Andover), Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center), and Senators Limmer (R-Maple Grove), Relph (R-St. Cloud), Johnson, M. (R-East Grand Forks), Anderson, B. (R-Buffalo), Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park).

Questions? Contact Anne Finn at for more information.

Environment/natural resources finance (HF 888/SF 0723)
Conferees: Reps. Fabian (R-Roseau), Heintzeman (R-Nisswa), Swedzinski (R-Ghent), Uglem (R-Champlin), Ecklund (DFL-International Falls) and Senators Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria), Ruud (R-Breezy Point), Westrom (R-Elbow Lake), Mathews (R-Milaca), and Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm).

Read about provisions of interest to cities:

Questions? Contact Craig Johnson at or Heather Corcoran at

Transportation finance (HF 861/SF 1060)
Conferees: Reps. Torkelson (R-Hanska), Runbeck (R-Circle Pines), Petersburg (R-Waseca), Koznick (R-Lakeville), Howe (R-Rockville), and Senators Newman (R-Hutchinson), Jasinski (R-Faribult), Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake), Osmek (R-Mound), Sparks (DFL-Austin).

Questions? Contact Anne Finn at

Legacy finance (SF 566/HF 707)
Conferees: this conference committee has yet to be assigned conferees. Pending passage in the Finance Committee.

Questions? Contact Craig Johnson at

Other omnibus bills of interest to cities
Contact League for more information about how the following bills may impact cities:

  • State government finance (SF 605/HF 691)
    Conferees: Reps. Anderson S. (R-Plymouth), O’Driscoll (R-Sartell), Dettmer (R-Forest Lake), Fenton (R-Woodbury), Nash (R-Waconia) and Senators Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake), Anderson, B. (R-Buffalo), Koran (R-North Branch), Hall (R-Burnsville), Laine (DFL-Columbia Heights).
    Contact Laura Ziegler at or Craig Johnson at
  • Agricultural finance (SF 780/HF 895)
    Conferees: Reps. Hamilton (R-Mountain Lakes), Anderson, P. (R-Starbuck), Lueck (R-Aitkin), Backer (R-Browns Valley), Poppe (DFL-Austin), and Senators Westrom (R-Elbow Lake), Weber (R-Luverne), Goggin (R-Red Wing), Lang (R-Olivia), Eken (DFL-Twin Valley).
    Contact Craig Johnson at
  • K-12 education finance (HF 890/SF 718)
    Conferees: Reps. Loon (R-Eden Prairie), Erickson (R-Princeton), Bennett (R-Albert Lea), Kresha (R-Little Falls), Murphy M. (DFL-Hermantown) and Senators Nelson (R-Rochester), Pratt (R-Prior Lake), Eichorn (R-Grand Rapids), Weber (R-Luverne), and Wiger (DFL-Maplewood).
    Contact Irene Kao at
  • Health and human services finance (SF 800/HF 945)
    Conferees: Reps. Dean, M. (R-Dellwood), Schomacker (R-Luverne), Albright (R-Prior Lake), Kiel (R-Crookston), Schultz (DFL-Duluth) and Senators Benson (R-Ham Lake), Abeler (R-Anoka), Housley (R-St. Mary’s Point), Utke (R-Park Rapids), and Lourey (DFL-Kerrick).
    Contact Heather Corcoran at
  • Higher education finance (SF 2214/HF 2477)
    Conferees: Rep. Nornes (R-Fergus Falls), Christensen (R-Savage), Daniels (R-Preston), Whelan (R-Ramsey), Omar (DFL-Minneapolis), and Senators Fischbach (R-Paynesville), Draheim (R-Madison Lake), Anderson, P. (R-Plymouth), Jensen (R-Chaska), Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley).
    Contact Gary Carlson at

Next Steps
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