No Special Session
It’s been almost a month since the Minnesota Legislature adjourned sine die from its 2022 regular legislative session. During the regular session, the legislature failed to pass several major omnibus appropriation or supplemental bills including education, taxes, public safety, and health and human services. After weeks of discussions behind closed doors, legislative leaders announced an impasse in negotiations last night, stating that there will not be a special session to tackle these unresolved issues from the regular session.
Now that candidate filings have officially closed for the 2022 election, the full scope of legislative retirements is finally clear. A total of 47 legislators have retired from the Minnesota Legislature. The number increases to 59 when you include members seeking office in the other body, with 11 representatives hoping for a seat in the Senate, and one senator running for the House. Eight of these retired members are seeking other elected office. Notably, Jeremy Munson and Jen Schultz are running for Congress, in Minnesota Congressional Districts 1 and 8 respectively. The retiring legislators represent nearly a quarter of the 201-seat legislature, and they take along with them 600 years of experience. The next edition of Ewald at the Capitol will include information on all major party candidates who have filed for office in the Minnesota House and Senate.