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Legislative Time Capsule - 72nd Legislature (1981-1982)

Session Dates (All Sessions)

  Convened Adjourned Calendar Days Legislative Days - House Legislative Days - Senate
1981
1/6/1981 5/18/1981 133 57 57
1981 1st Special Session
Enact essential legislation to provide for the orderly financial management of state government and to raise revenues to fund operations of state government and programs. Matters considered: Biennial budget and appropriations; tax bill.
6/6/1981 6/6/1981 1 1 1
1981 2nd Special Session
Enact short-term borrowing law so state can meets its financial obligations during cash shortage. Matters considered: Short term borrowing law; corrected certain errors in 1981 laws.
7/1/1981 7/2/1981 2 2 2
1981 3rd Special Session
Address the need to assure the state government has sufficient monies available to meet its cash-flow needs, as well as other matters. Matters considered: Reduced appropriations; authorized financial state aid shifts, etc.
12/1/1981 1/18/1982 49 17 17
1982
1/12/1982 3/19/1982 67 34 34
1982 1st Special Session
Immediately address these unemployment insurance issues and unacceptable revisions in Minnesota's workers compensation system. Matters considered: Provided changes in Minnesota's unemployment compensation and workers compensation.
3/30/1982 3/30/1982 1 1 1
1982 2nd Special Session
Provide short term emergency jobs for unemployed on the Iron Range, etc., and considers a local bill for Albert Lea. Matters considered: Employment aid from Northeast Minnesota Economic Protection Fund; authorized Albert Lea to expend certain federal revenue sharing funds.
7/9/1982 7/9/1982 1 1 1
1982 3rd Special Session
Balance the state budget for the current biennium. Matters considered: Reduce appropriations for fiscal year; reduce employer and increase employee contributions for various retirement funds; add 2 members to investment advisory board, etc.
12/7/1982 12/10/1982 4 3 3

Legislation (All Sessions)

  House - Bills Introduced Senate - Bills Introduced Laws Resolutions
1981 1540 1476 369   Search 3
1981 1st Special Session 4 2 5   Search 0
1981 2nd Special Session 10 10 6   Search 1
1981 3rd Special Session 24 28 3   Search 0
1982 757 761 272   Search 5
1982 1st Special Session 2 5 3   Search 0
1982 2nd Special Session 2 6 2   Search 0
1982 3rd Special Session 4 2 1   Search 0

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
1981 7 0 0   [0] 7 7
1981 1st Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0
1981 2nd Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0
1981 3rd Special Session 1 0 0   [0] 1 1
1982 10 6 0   [0] 10 10
1982 1st Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0
1982 2nd Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0
1982 3rd Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0

Legislators

All House Senate

Leadership         

Speaker of the House Harry A. Sieben, Jr.  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
House Majority Leader Willis Roy Eken  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
House Minority Leader David M. Jennings  (Independent Republican)
Glen A. Sherwood  (Independent Republican)
President of the Senate John Thomas Davies, II  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
Senate Majority Leader Roger D. Moe  (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 Marvin F. Raiola

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
1/6/1981 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 134 64 70 0 6
6/1/1981 Resignation Rep. Don Friedrich (IR, 32B) appointed director of state Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service. His exact resignation date is uncertain. 133 64 69 0 5
7/15/1981 Special election Don Frerichs (IR) elected from 32B 134 64 70 0 6
1/12/1982 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 134 64 70 0 6
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
1/6/1981 Convenes [Total seats possible = 67] 67 22 45 0 23
4/10/1981 Resignation Sen. Jim Nichols (DFL, 20) resigned to focus on the needs of his family and farm. 66 22 44 0 22
5/15/1981 Special election Randy Kamrath (IR) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 20 on May 12, 1981. He was sworn in on May 15, 1981. 67 23 44 0 21
1/12/1982 Convenes [Total seats possible = 67] 67 23 44 0 21
C=Conservative  R=Republican  IR=Independent Republican  L=Liberal  DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor

House Committees

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