Third Committee Deadline
Today is the last day before the legislature’s Easter/Passover break — a much-needed break for many legislators, staff, lobbyists and advocates. Today’s third and final committee deadline requires committees to act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills. The week has been jam-packed with committee hearings to act on their respective omnibus budget bills. The Senate’s Omnibus Tax Committee was the first bill to be passed in the Senate. The bill passed on April 7 with a vote of 42-24. However, because Minnesota’s Constitution requires tax bills to originate in the House, the Senate tax bill was laid on the table after the vote. Expect more omnibus bill debates once the legislature returns from break.
Governor to Deliver State of the State Address
Gov. Tim Walz is set to deliver his fourth Gubernatorial “State of the State” address Sunday, April 24 at 6 p.m. The speech will be given to a joint session of the Minnesota State Legislature at the Minnesota House Chamber. This is only the second time he’s delivered it to an in-person audience since he took office in 2019. The last two were delivered remotely from a social studies classroom at Mankato West High School in 2021 and from the governor’s mansion in 2020.