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Legislative Time Capsule - 80th Legislature (1997-1998)

Session Dates (All Sessions)

  Convened Adjourned Calendar Days Legislative Days - House Legislative Days - Senate
1997
1/7/1997 5/19/1997 133 63 63
1997 1st Special Session
K-12 education appropriations, DWI (also considered government data practices).
6/26/1997 6/26/1997 1 1 1
1997 2nd Special Session
Flood relief (also considered commissioners' pay, minimum wage).
8/19/1997 8/19/1997 1 1 1
1997 3rd Special Session
Funding for baseball stadium. House adjourned 11/13/1997.
10/23/1997 11/14/1997 23 3 4
1998
1/20/1998 4/9/1998 80 46 46
1998 1st Special Session
Clarify intent to allow recovery for fraud pursuant to Minn. Stat. 604.10; issues relating to economic development and Early Childhood and Family Education. Senate adjourned on 4/20/1998.
4/20/1998 4/22/1998 3 3 1

Legislation (All Sessions)

  House - Bills Introduced Senate - Bills Introduced Laws Resolutions
1997 2255 Search 2003 Search 235   Search 4
1997 1st Special Session 1 Search 9 Search 5   Search 0
1997 2nd Special Session 5 Search 9 Search 3   Search 0
1997 3rd Special Session 36 Search 26 Search 3   Search 1
1998 1629 Search 1422 Search 145   Search 4
1998 1st Special Session 6 Search 8 Search 3   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
1997 15 0 4   [8] 23 19
1997 1st Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0
1997 2nd Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0
1997 3rd Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0
1998 11 0 4   [11] 22 15
1998 1st Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0

Leadership         

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

Officers

Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives Edward A. Burdick
House Sergeant-at-Arms Ronald G. LeBlanc
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
1/7/1997 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 134 64 70 0 6
9/4/1997 Death Ken Otremba (DFL, 11B) 133 64 69 0 5
11/4/1997 Special election Mary Ellen Otremba (DFL) elected from 11B 134 64 70 0 6
12/6/1997 Resignation LeRoy Koppendrayer (R, 17A) appointed to Public Utilities Commission 133 63 70 0 7
12/19/1997 Resignation Doug Swenson (R, 51B) appointed to 10th District Court 132 62 70 0 8
12/22/1997 Death Barb Vickerman (R, 23A) 131 61 70 0 9
1/6/1998 Special election Sondra Erickson (R) elected from 17A 132 62 70 0 8
1/20/1998 Special election James Clark (R) elected from 23A 133 63 70 0 7
1/27/1998 Special election Ray Vandeveer (R) elected from 51B 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
1/7/1997 Convenes [Total seats possible = 67] 67 24 42 1
* The independent senator or Independence party senator did not caucus with the Republicans or the Democrats.
18
C=Conservative  R=Republican  IR=Independent Republican  L=Liberal  DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor

House Committees

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