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January 18, 2019

A Slower Second Week in Minnesota Government 

This week, committees in both the Minnesota House and Senate began meeting. With an entirely new committee structure in the House with new chairs, members, and staff, most hearings have been introductory, giving the new committee leads the opportunity to outline the formal ground rules for this session and invite state agency representatives in to overview various topics the committees will be covering over the coming months, including 

In the Senate, where four-year terms have sustained the makeup of most committees, lawmakers have already started bills and more substantive overviews of state agency budgets and priorities. 

Federal Shutdown Creates Bipartisan Unity at the State Level  

On Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz, alongside a bipartisan group of legislative leaders held a press conference to address the effects of the federal government shutdown on Minnesota. Walz, only a week into his new job, assured Minnesotans that state government would step in where it could to ease the financial strains placed on federal employees who have been working without pay since December 22, 2018. In a show of bipartisan unity, Gov. Walz applauded Republican House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt’s commitment to support emergency legislative appropriations if needed to fund public services normally covered by the federal government. 

The partial federal government shutdown is now in its 27th day – the longest government shutdown in history. 

Looking Ahead  

Next week, committees will continue to meet, conducting informational overview hearings with state agency officials. 

Reach out to anyone on the Larkin Hoffman government relations teams with questions. 


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