ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Legislature is back for the third day of its special session, with lawmakers hoping that a night of sleep will help as they make another run at finish off a $46 billion budget.

The House was gaveled to order around noon and adjourned 10 minutes later. The
Senate convened around 12:30. Both chambers soon recessed so party caucuses
could meet.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt expressed optimism after the House broke Wednesday
night that lawmakers could finish Thursday. But he predicted it could take 12 to
18 hours. And he didn't rule out a return after the Memorial Day weekend.

After a day of scant progress Wednesday, Thursday's agenda includes bills to
fund health and human service programs, state government operations and a
borrowing bill for public construction projects.