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Legislative Time Capsule - 70th Legislature (1977-1978)

Session Dates (All Sessions)

  Convened Adjourned Calendar Days Legislative Days - House Legislative Days - Senate
1977
1/4/1977 5/23/1977 140 61 61
1978
1/17/1978 3/24/1978 67 38 38

Legislation (All Sessions)

  House - Bills Introduced Senate - Bills Introduced Laws Resolutions
1977 1701 1567 454   Search 1
1978 837 843 342   Search 2

Legislation - Other Information

Vetoes (All Sessions)

  Full Bills Vetoed
(including pockets)
Pocket Vetoes Bills with Line Item Vetoes [# of lines vetoed] TOTAL
Full Bills Vetoed + Lines Vetoed
TOTAL
Full Bills Vetoed + Bills with Lines Vetoed
1977 0 0 0   [0] 0 0
1978 0 0 0   [0] 0 0

Leadership         

Speaker of the House Martin Olav Sabo  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
House Majority Leader Irvin N. Anderson  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
House Minority Leader Henry J. Savelkoul  (Independent Republican)
President of the Senate Edward J. Gearty  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
Senate Majority Leader Nicholas D. Coleman  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
Senate Minority Leader Robert O. Ashbach  (Independent Republican)

Officers

Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives Edward A. Burdick
House Sergeant-at-Arms Lawrence W. Bothwell
Secretary of the Senate Patrick E. Flahaven
Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Eugene P. Daly

Election Results

- Selected election results are available at this page.

Party Control of the House of Representatives (All Sessions)

Date Event Note Total Seats C/R/IR L/DFL Other Margin
1/4/1977 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 134 30 104 0 74
2/15/1977 Resignation Rep. A. O. Setzepfandt (DFL, 21B) elected from Senate 21 133 30 103 0 73
3/15/1977 Special election Gaylin Den Ouden (IR) elected from 21B 134 31 103 0 72
7/31/1977 Resignation Rep. Harold Dahl (DFL, 22B) appointed judge 133 32 101 0 69
8/1/1977 Party change Rep. Al Wieser (DFL) changes to IR. The date is uncertain. 134 32 102 0 70
9/27/1977 Special election Tony Onnen (IR) elected from 22B 134 33 101 0 68
11/4/1977 Resignation Rep. Neil Haugerud (DFL, 35A) appointed commissioner of Upper Mississippi River Basin Commission 133 33 100 0 67
12/10/1977 Special election Elton Redalen (IR) elected from 35A 134 34 100 0 66
1/17/1978 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 134 34 100 0 66
3/21/1978 Party change Rep. Glen Sherwood (DFL, 4B) changes to IR 134 35 99 0 64
C=Conservative  R=Republican  IR=Independent Republican  L=Liberal  DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Party Control of the Senate (All Sessions)

Date Event Note Total Seats C/R/IR L/DFL Other Margin
1/4/1977 Convenes District 21 was vacant at the convening of the Legislature due to a resignation. [Total seats possible = 67] 66 18 48 0 30
2/15/1977 Special election Rep. A. O. Setzepfandt (DFL, 21B) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 21 in a special election on February 5, 1977. He was sworn in on February 15, 1977. 67 18 49 0 31
11/1/1977 Resignation Sen. John Milton (DFL, 49) resigned. 66 18 48 0 30
12/9/1977 Special election Delores Knaak (IR) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 49 on December 3, 1977. She was sworn in on December 9, 1977. 67 19 48 0 29
1/17/1978 Convenes [Total seats possible = 67] 67 19 48 0 29
11/15/1978 Resignation Sen. Win Borden (DFL, 13) resigned to become executive secretary of MACI. 66 19 47 0 28
12/29/1978 Special election David Rued (IR) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 13 on December 19, 1978. He was sworn in on December 29, 1978. 67 20 47 0 27
C=Conservative  R=Republican  IR=Independent Republican  L=Liberal  DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor

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