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Legislative Time Capsule - 79th Legislature (1995-1996)

Session Dates (All Sessions)

  Convened Adjourned Calendar Days Legislative Days - House Legislative Days - Senate
1995
1/3/1995 5/22/1995 140 65 65
1995 1st Special Session
K-12 education appropriations and other unfinished business.
5/23/1995 5/25/1995 3 3 3
1996
1/16/1996 4/3/1996 79 46 47

Legislation (All Sessions)

  House - Bills Introduced Senate - Bills Introduced Laws Resolutions
1995 1999 Search 1788 Search 252   Search 3
1995 1st Special Session 5 Search 8 Search 3   Search 0
1996 1294 Search 1104 Search 187   Search 1

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
1995 13 0 7   [23] 36 20
1995 1st Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0
1996 19 0 7   [30] 49 26

Leadership         

Speaker of the House Irvin N. Anderson  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
House Majority Leader Philip C. Carruthers  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
House Minority Leader Steven A. Sviggum  (Independent Republican)
President of the Senate Allan H. Spear  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
Senate Majority Leader Roger D. Moe  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
Senate Minority Leader Dean Elton Johnson  (Independent Republican)

Officers

Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives Edward A. Burdick
House Sergeant-at-Arms Isabelle A. Schmidt
Secretary of the Senate Patrick E. Flahaven
Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Sven K. Lindquist

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
1/3/1995 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 134 63 71 0 8
2/13/1995 Resignation Rep. Warren Limmer (IR, 33B) resigned effective February 13, 1995 in order to take the Senate District 33 seat he won in a special election on February 2, 1995. 133 62 71 0 9
3/5/1995 Resignation Rep. Joel Jacobs (DFL, 49B) resigned to take an appointment to the board of the Public Utilities Commission. 132 62 70 0 8
3/13/1995 Special election Richard Stanek (IR) won the special election for a House seat in District 33B on March 7, 1995. He was sworn in on March 13, 1995. 133 63 70 0 7
4/10/1995 Special election Eldon Warkentin (IR) won the special election for a House seat in District 49B on April 4, 1995. He was sworn in on April 10, 1995. 134 64 70 0 6
6/18/1995 Resignation Rep. Wayne Simoneau (DFL, 52A) resigned to take an appointment as Commissioner of the Department of Employee Relations. 133 64 69 0 5
6/30/1995 Resignation Rep. Gene Hugoson (IR, 26A) resigned to take an appointment as Commissioner of Agriculture. 132 63 69 0 6
7/11/1995 Special election Skip Carlson (IR) won the special election for a House seat in District 52A on July 11, 1995. His swearing in date is unknown. 133 64 69 0 5
8/1/1995 Special election Bob Gunther (IR) won the special election for a House seat in District 26A on August 1, 1995. His swearing in date is unknown. 134 65 69 0 4
1/16/1996 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 134 65 69 0 4
10/15/1996 Death Rep. Jim Rice (DFL, 58A) died of an apparent heart attack. 133 65 68 0 3
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
1/3/1995 Convenes Districts 16, 33, and 47 were vacant at the convening of the Legislature. [Total seats possible = 67] 64 21 43 0 22
1/3/1995 Special election Mark Ourada (IR) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 19 on November 8, 1994. He was sworn in on January 3, 1995. 64 21 43 0 22
1/9/1995 Special election Dave Kleis (IR) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 16 on December 29, 1994. He was sworn in on January 9, 1995. 66 23 43 0 20
1/9/1995 Special election Don Kramer (IR) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 47 on December 29, 1994. He was sworn in on January 9, 1995. 66 23 43 0 20
2/13/1995 Special election Rep. Warren Limmer (IR) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 33 on February 2, 1995. He was sworn in on February 13, 1995. 67 24 43 0 19
1/9/1996 Resignation Sen. Joe Bertram (DFL, 14) resigned. 66 24 42 0 18
1/16/1996 Convenes District 14 was vacant at the convening of the Legislature due to a resignation. [Total seats possible = 67] 66 24 42 0 18
2/12/1996 Special election Michelle Fischbach (R) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 14 on February 6, 1996. She was sworn in on Feburary 12, 1996. 67 25 42 0 17
7/1/1996 Resignation Sen. Skip Finn (DFL, 4) resigned. There was no special election held. 66 25 40 1
* The independent senator or Independence party senator did not caucus with the Republicans or the Democrats.
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C=Conservative  R=Republican  IR=Independent Republican  L=Liberal  DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor

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