All four legislative leaders signed a final budget agreement this evening, ending a stalemate that has lasted almost four weeks. Shortly after, Governor Mark Dayton signed the agreement and a proclamation declaring a special session of the legislature to begin on Friday, June 12.
Legislators for the first time will be faced with not meeting in the Capitol. The new temporary chambers will be in the State Office Building in room 5 for the House and room 10 for the Senate. Space in these rooms is very tight, and seating is uncomfortable and cramped. In addition, legislators will have to work without an electronic voting board, so the bodies will likely have to use verbal roll calls or vote on paper ballots. In order to go forward at the Capitol, we have had to go backward 100 years!
Stay tuned! We will continue to post special session developments followed by the 2015 MSBA Legislative Summary.