MNCDHH Legislative Update – April 24, 2017

The legislature returned last Tuesday from a week away. You remember that both the House and Senate passed their own versions of the budget bills before they left. The next step is to have a group called a “conference committee” work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bills. Conference committees are made up of representatives from the House and the Senate.

On Tuesday the House and Senate decided which of their members would serve on the budget conference committees. The committees have begun to meet and have been learning about what is included in the other side’s bill. What is the same? What is different?

One of the big differences for all of the budget bills is that the House and Senate spent different amounts in the different areas. The conference committees won’t be able to make too many decisions until the leaders in the House and Senate agree to the amount that each committee gets to spend.

But you never know when there will be an important discussion or a conference committee will make a decision, so the Commission is going to the Capitol every day to watch the meetings and talk with the legislators.

Lobby Day Pictures

For fun, here is a slide show from the March 8, 2017 Lobby Day. All photo credits go to Melissa Jane Kielbus of Copper & Water and Jonathan Ainsworth. Enjoy! [Image descriptions are at the bottom of this newsletter.]

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