Did House Pass Correct Budget Bill? That’s Up For Debate
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - There is some doubt about whether the Minnesota House voted on the final piece of a state budget or something else in the harried last minutes of the legislative session.
Minnesota lawmakers rushed Monday night to adopt a bill funding economic development and energy programs before a midnight deadline.
The Republican-led House spent less than 90 seconds on the nearly 100-page measure, voting over the howls of Democrats.
But as the bill arrived from the Senate, the House chief clerk read out the incorrect bill number while pairing it with a description more fitting to the budget bill. House Speaker Kurt Daudt closed the voting board after only 84 of 134 members had voted, announcing its passage.
The legislative record page lists the vote as being on the budget bill.