Despite the hectic session, the Goff Public government relations team secured significant victories for our clients on issues ranging from education to public safety to liquor.
The 2017 session was definitely one for the books – and it is likely not finished yet. After failing to pass all of the budget bills before the required adjournment deadline, the Legislature went into a special session to pass its remaining bills – but not without the inclusion of some controversial provisions.
In response to what he called a “reprehensible sneak attack,” Governor Dayton exercised his line-item veto power to eliminate the Legislature’s funding effective July 1, 2017. The House and Senate do have some financial reserves, but not enough to function until the 2018 session, set to begin on February 20. This unusual action could force another special session – or result in legal action, which Speaker Daudt has already suggested.
With the session nearly behind us, it’s never to early to start planning for 2018. Contact our Director of Government Relations Elizabeth Emerson for more information.