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Current Legislative Session

2018 Legislative Bill Status Report (pdf)

March 12, 2018:
The Legislature has now completed the third week of the 2018 session. The first policy committee deadline of March 22 is fast approaching, when policy bills must have passed all policy committees in one body that need to see it.

Committees have been discussing proposals on:

  • school safety
  • banning the use of handheld cellphones while driving
  • new teaching licensure
  • autonomous vehicle regulation
  • elder abuse reporting
  • MNLARS motor vehicle registration computer issues
  • sex trafficking
  • wild rice water standards
  • mental health issues
  • establishing a crime for misrepresenting a service animal
  • bills allowing for easier sharing of health records

The Governor will be making his last State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature on Wednesday evening, and has announced that he will be releasing his proposed supplemental budget and tax proposals the following day. Release of his budget should begin the serious deliberations on how Minnesota should conform or make changes to the federal tax bill passed in late December.

February 28, 2018:
The Legislature is now in their second week of the session. There are 12 weeks remaining before the constitutional adjournment of May 21.

They began hearings last week on federal tax legislation and how and whether the state should conform to these changes. They also passed legislation restoring the House and Senate’s legislative two-year funding of $129 million that Governor Dayton had vetoed last May due to his opposition over some of provisions for business tax relief. He is expected to sign this bill.

The February budget forecast will be announced on Wednesday this week and is expected to show a surplus. The Governor will be submitting his supplemental budget and tax reform request to the Legislature by mid-March, likely when he makes his state of the state address to the Legislature on March 14.

While committee deadlines have not yet been announced, it appears that the first policy deadline will be March 22, and the second deadline will be March 29, just before the Legislature takes off for their Easter/Passover break.

If you should have any questions about legislation MDLA is monitoring, please feel free to contact Richard J. Thomas, Burke & Thomas, 651-490-1808,, Thomas E. Marshall, Engelmeier & Umanah, P.A., 612-341-8131, or Bryan Mowry, MDLA Executive Director, 651-366-6099,

Bills are constantly being introduced and amended/changed. MDLA's Law Improvement Committee is always interested in your opinions on the legislation it is monitoring.

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House Chief Clerk
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House Index
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