Top Lawmakers Buy More Time for Special Session Verdict
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders say they need more time to decide on a special session.
Lawmakers are weighing a heavy agenda they may tackle before the Legislature resumes in early March. Panels meeting this week started reviewing ideas for bringing Minnesota in compliance with a federal high-security driver's license law, for extending unemployment benefits for laid-off steelworkers and for tackling racial economic disparities.
House Speaker Kurt Daudt said Friday those working groups will continue meeting next week in hopes of making a final call. Despite hopes for a special session later this month, Dayton and Daudt now say it could wait until early February.
Dayton won't set a deadline for a decision but says he's leaving it up to Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk.