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Legislative Time Capsule - 81st Legislature (1999-2000)

Session Dates (All Sessions)

  Convened Adjourned Calendar Days Legislative Days - House Legislative Days - Senate
1999
1/5/1999 5/17/1999 133 67 67
2000
2/1/2000 5/17/2000 108 51 51
  Since the sine die adjournment calendar date occurred after midnight and before 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2000, the last 'legislative day' in the biennium was Wednesday, May 17. 'Legislative day' is defined in Minnesota Statutes 3.012 as follows: 'A legislative day is a day when either house of the legislature is called to order. A legislative day begins at seven o'clock a.m. and continues until seven o'clock a.m. of the following calendar day.' However, the total number of calendar days for the 2000 regular session counts May 18 as a separate calendar day.    

Legislation (All Sessions)

  House - Bills Introduced Senate - Bills Introduced Laws Resolutions
1999 2475 Search 2285 Search 245   Search 3
2000 1706 Search 1550 Search 244   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
1999 6 0 12   [40] 46 18
2000 8 0 3   [11] 19 11

Leadership         

Speaker of the House Steven A. Sviggum  (Republican)
House Majority Leader Timothy James Pawlenty  (Republican)
House Minority Leader Thomas W. Pugh  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
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)

Officers

Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives Edward A. Burdick
House Sergeant-at-Arms Shawn M. Peterson
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
1/5/1999 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 134 71 63 0 8
5/18/1999 Party change Rep. Doug Reuter (28A) changes from R to Ind. 134 70 63 1 7
7/11/1999 Death Rep. Willard Munger (DFL, 7A) died of cancer. 133 70 62 1 8
11/12/1999 Special election Dale Swapinski (DFL) won the special election for a House seat in District 7A on November 2, 1999. He was sworn in on November 12, 1999. 134 70 63 1 7
2/1/2000 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 134 70 63 1 7
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
1/5/1999 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
3/1/1999 Resignation Sen. Tracy Beckman (DFL, 26) resigned effective February 26, 1999. She was appointed to a position in a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 66 24 41 1
* The independent senator or Independence party senator did not caucus with the Republicans or the Democrats.
17
3/15/1999 Resignation Sen. Steve Morse (DFL, 32) resigned effective March 15, 1999. He was appointed to a Deputy Commissioner position with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 65 24 40 1
* The independent senator or Independence party senator did not caucus with the Republicans or the Democrats.
16
4/6/1999 Special election Don Ziegler (R) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 26 on March 30, 1999. He was sworn in on April 6, 1999. 66 25 40 1
* The independent senator or Independence party senator did not caucus with the Republicans or the Democrats.
15
4/21/1999 Special election Bob Kierlin (R) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 32 on April 13, 1999. He was sworn in on April 21, 1999. 67 26 40 1
* The independent senator or Independence party senator did not caucus with the Republicans or the Democrats.
14
8/21/1999 Death Sen. Janet Johnson (DFL,18). 66 26 39 1
* The independent senator or Independence party senator did not caucus with the Republicans or the Democrats.
13
10/27/1999 Resignation Sen. David Ten Eyck (DFL, 4) resigned. He was appointed Crow Wing County district judge. 65 26 38 1
* The independent senator or Independence party senator did not caucus with the Republicans or the Democrats.
12
12/23/1999 Special election Tony Kinkel (DFL) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 4 on December 14, 1999. He was sworn in on December 23, 1999. 67 26 40 1
* The independent senator or Independence party senator did not caucus with the Republicans or the Democrats.
14
12/23/1999 Special election Twyla Ring (DFL) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 18 on November 2, 1999. She was sworn in on December 23, 1999. 66 26 39 1
* The independent senator or Independence party senator did not caucus with the Republicans or the Democrats.
13
1/12/2000 Party change Sen. Dean Johnson (R, 15) joins the DFL Party. 67 25 41 1
* The independent senator or Independence party senator did not caucus with the Republicans or the Democrats.
16
2/1/2000 Convenes [Total seats possible = 67] 67 25 41 1
* The independent senator or Independence party senator did not caucus with the Republicans or the Democrats.
16
6/15/2000 Party change Sen. Charlie Berg (independent, 13) becomes Republican. 67 26 41 0 15
7/18/2000 Party change Sen. Bob Lessard (DFL, 3) becomes an independent. 67 26 40 1
* The independent senator or Independence party senator did not caucus with the Republicans or the Democrats.
14
C=Conservative  R=Republican  IR=Independent Republican  L=Liberal  DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor

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