A summary of the League of Women Voters "legislative preview" I attended:
First on deck: Dealing with Dayton’s veto last session of the legislature’s funding. This was upheld by the MN Supreme Court, and the legislature only has enough money to operate for a short time. They'll need to negotiate a solution with the Governor and pass funding quickly. If they can’t, it’s back to court.
Bonding Bill: Every biennium (two-year period), the legislature passes a big bonding bill. This pays for infrastructure (mostly physical things like roads, buildings, etc.). In 2017 they passed a bonding bill, but it was just catching up on the previous session’s bonding bill that failed to pass. So, a big part of this session will be taken up with passing a bonding bill. Expect the Republicans to want a small bonding bill and the DFL to want a big bonding bill.
The Lieutenant Governor Issue. You’ll recall Dayton appointed Tina Smith to fill Al Franken’s seat. Under the MN Constitution, the President Pro Tem...