January 08, 2019 09:03 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Today is the first day of the 2019 Minnesota Legislative Session. One thing lawmakers must do this session to avoid a shutdown is passing a budget.
In addition to that, both parties have other things they want to see get done this session.
As lawmakers took their positions in both the House and the Senate, the 91st Minnesota Legislature is underway.
After all, the procedural and ceremonial proceedings are finished, bills will begin to be crafted and debates will ensue. One focus for Republican Senator Carla Nelson is school safey.
"It is essential that our schools have the resources both to protect students with more people, personnel and also those hard cover costs of the actual facilities themselves," said Sen. Nelson.
She's joined by fellow senator, Democrat Dan Sparks on another topic of focus; healthcare.
Not only affordability but access. We've seen a lot of reductions and networks being shrunk down, so I think those things are going to rise to the top," said Sen. Sparks.
Senator Dave Senjem spoke about mental health as something that will also take over these chambers over the next four months.
"Last year we passed a crisis center bill, building, if you will, crisis centers across minnesota to accommodate that first need as it arises within the spectrum, family, or business or wherever it might be, a school. So we'll look more at that and advance that," said Sen. Senjem.
All of the things lawmakers want to get done this session are in addition to the budget, which must get done by the end of the session. This year, that is May 20th, 2019.
Updated: January 08, 2019 09:03 PM
Created: January 08, 2019 08:58 PM
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