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Legislative Time Capsule - 83rd Legislature (2003-2004)

Session Dates (All Sessions)

  Convened Adjourned Calendar Days Legislative Days - House Legislative Days - Senate
2003
1/7/2003 5/19/2003 133 59 59
2003 1st Special Session
Enact legislation to provide for the financial management of state government. Matters considered: Taxes, budget and appropriations, major bills not passed during regular session.
5/20/2003 5/29/2003 10 8 8
2004
2/2/2004 5/16/2004 105 52 51

Legislation (All Sessions)

  House - Bills Introduced Senate - Bills Introduced Laws Resolutions
2003 1658 Search 1576 Search 131   Search 0
2003 1st Special Session 70 Search 47 Search 23   Search 0
2004 1554 Search 1497 Search 159   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
2003 2 0 1   [1] 3 3
2003 1st Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0
2004 4 0 1   [1] 5 5

Leadership         

Speaker of the House Steven A. Sviggum  (Republican)
House Majority Leader Erik Paulsen  (Republican)
House Minority Leader Matthew Keating Entenza  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
President of the Senate James P. Metzen  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
Senate Majority Leader John Creighton Hottinger  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
Dean Elton Johnson  (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
1/7/2003 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 133 81 52 0 29
1/17/2003 Resignation Mark Holsten (R) resigned from 52B; appointed Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources 132 80 52 0 28
1/30/2003 Resignation Rich Stanek (R) resigned from 32B; appointed Commissioner of Public Safety 131 79 52 0 27
2/3/2003 Special election Duke Powell (R) elected from 40A 132 80 52 0 28
2/11/2003 Special election Rebecca Otto (DFL) from 52B 133 80 53 0 27
2/25/2003 Special election Kurt Zellers (R) from 32B 134 81 53 0 28
11/24/2003 Resignation Tony Kielkucki (R) from 18A 133 80 53 0 27
12/30/2003 Special election Scott Newman (R) from 18A 134 81 53 0 28
2/2/2004 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 134 81 53 0 28
6/30/2004 Resignation Doug Stang (R) from 14B resigned to become assistant Health Department commissioner, no special election 133 80 53 0 27
7/21/2004 Resignation Eric Lipman (R) from 56A resigned to become the state sex-offender policy coordinator, no special election 131 78 53 0 25
7/21/2004 Resignation Chris Gerlach (R) from 37A was elected to the Senate in a special election, no special election for his House seat 132 79 53 0 26
8/31/2004 Resignation Alice Seagren (R) from 41B was appointed to be the Education Commissioner, no special election 129 77 52 0 25
8/31/2004 Resignation Tom Pugh (DFL) from 39A was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission, no special election 130 78 52 0 26
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
1/7/2003 Convenes [Total seats possible = 67] 67 31 35 1 3
* This margin reflects that the Independence party member (Senator Sheila Kiscaden) caucused with the Republicans.
2/2/2004 Convenes [Total seats possible = 67] 67 31 35 1 3
* This margin reflects that the Independence party member (Senator Sheila Kiscaden) caucused with the Republicans.
5/6/2004 Caucus change Sheila Kiscaden (Independence, 30) was asked to leave the Republican caucus. 67 31 35 1 4
5/11/2004 Caucus change Sheila Kiscaden (Independence, 30) joins the DFL caucus. 67 31 35 1 5
* This margin reflects that the Independence party member (Senator Sheila Kiscaden) caucused with the Democrats.
6/29/2004 Resignation David Knutson (R, 37) is appointed to district judgeship 66 30 35 1 6
* This margin reflects that the Independence party member (Senator Sheila Kiscaden) caucused with the Democrats.
7/13/2004 Special election Chris Gerlach (R, 37), took office July 21, 2004. 67 31 35 1 5
* This margin reflects that the Independence party member (Senator Sheila Kiscaden) caucused with the Democrats.
C=Conservative  R=Republican  IR=Independent Republican  L=Liberal  DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor

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