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Historical Deadlines

Committee Deadlines

The 2019 committee deadlines have been set in House Concurrent Resolution 1 which has been adopted by the House and the Senate. The committee deadlines are:

  • 1st deadline - March 15, 2019 at midnight
  • 2nd deadline - March 29, 2019 at midnight
  • 3rd deadline - April 12, 2019 at midnight

In addition, Governor Tim Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman, and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka have agreed, in a signed letter, to additional objectives:

  • the House and Senate will pass all major finance bills off their respective floors and leadership will appoint conference committees by May 1st,
  • the Governor, Senate Majority Leader, and Speaker of the House will provide fiscal targets to the chairs of conference committees on major finance bills by May 6th,
  • and conference committee chairs shall provide completed conference committee reports to the house of origin by May 13th.

Explanation

There is no yearly deadline for the introduction of bills. However, each year the Legislature establishes deadlines for committee action on bills. Committee deadlines are announced during the first half of a session in order to winnow the list of topics to be dealt with that year.  Joint Rule 2.03 governs committee deadlines:

  • "The deadlines do not apply to the House committees on Capital Investment, Ways and Means, Taxes, or Rules and Legislative Administration, nor to the Senate committees on Capital Investment, Finance, Taxes, or Rules and Administration."
  • "The first deadline is for committees to act favorably on bills in the house of origin."
  • "The second deadline is for committees to act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other house."
  • "The third deadline is for committees to act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills."
  • "When a committee in either house acts favorably on a bill after a deadline established in the concurrent resolution, the bill must be referred in the Senate to the Committee on Rules and Administration and in the House of Representatives to the Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration for disposition. Either rules committee, when reporting a bill referred to the committee under this rule, may waive application of the rule to subsequent actions on that bill by other committees."