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MN Special Session Likely to Last 3 Days

MN Special Session Likely to Last 3 Days

May 24, 2019 12:36 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Latest on Minnesota's special session (all times local):
    
The special session of the Minnesota Legislature appears likely to last at least three days and run into the holiday weekend.
    
Republican House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt told reporters just before the session was called to order Friday his caucus has no plans to supply enough votes to suspend the normal procedural rules so that it could be kept to one day.
    
Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman told reporters that if Republicans didn't agree to suspend the rules, the session would run Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Daudt says lawmakers need time to consider the big budget bills that must pass during the special session. He objected to how they were crafted behind closed doors, and that the massive health and human services budget bill still had not been published.
    
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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has called lawmakers back for a special session to complete a $48 billion state budget for the next two years.
    
The Democratic governor told them to convene at 10 a.m. Friday in hopes of adjourning before 7 a.m. Saturday. But suspending the normal procedural rules to let that happen requires some votes from the House Republican and Senate Democratic minorities. It's not clear yet if that will be forthcoming.
    
The last piece of the two-year budget fell into place Thursday when Walz and leaders of the Senate Republican and House Democratic majorities agreed on a health and human services bill. Some Democrats are upset that several of their initiatives were cut from the final version, including a proposal to make emergency insulin supplies more affordable.

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