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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 District 40A was vacant at the convening of the Legislature due to a resignation. [Total seats possible = 134] 133 81 52 0 29
1/17/2003 Resignation Rep. Mark Holsten (R, 52B) resigned to take an appointment as Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources. 132 80 52 0 28
1/30/2003 Resignation Rep. Rich Stanek (R, 32B) resigned to take an appointment as Commissioner of Public Safety. 131 79 52 0 27
2/10/2003 Special election Duke Powell (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 40A on February 3, 2003. He was sworn in on February 10, 2003. 132 80 52 0 28
2/17/2003 Special election Rebecca Otto (DFL) won the special election for a House seat in District 52B on February 11, 2003. She was sworn in on February 17, 2003. 133 80 53 0 27
3/3/2003 Special election Kurt Zellers (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 32B on February 25, 2003. He was sworn in around March 3, 2003. 134 81 53 0 28
11/24/2003 Resignation Rep. Tony Kielkucki (R, 18A) resigned to take a position as Deputy Secretary of State position in the Elections Office. 133 80 53 0 27
1/8/2004 Special election Scott Newman (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 18A on December 30, 2003. He was sworn in on January 8, 2004. 134 81 53 0 28
2/2/2004 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 134 81 53 0 28
6/30/2004 Resignation Rep. Doug Stang (R, 14B) resigned to become assistant Health Department Commissioner. There was no special election. 133 80 53 0 27
7/21/2004 Resignation Rep. Eric Lipman (R, 56A) resigned to become the state sex-offender policy coordinator. There was no special election. 131 78 53 0 25
7/21/2004 Resignation Rep. Chris Gerlach (R, 37A) resigned in order to take the Senate District he won in a special election on July 13, 2004. There was no special election for his House seat. 131 78 53 0 25
8/31/2004 Resignation Rep. Alice Seagren (R, 41B) was appointed to be the Education Commissioner. There was no special election. 129 77 52 0 25
8/31/2004 Resignation Rep. Tom Pugh (DFL, 39A) was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission. There was no special election. 129 77 52 0 25
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 Sen. Sheila Kiscaden (Independence, 30) was asked to leave the Republican caucus. 67 31 35 1 4
5/11/2004 Caucus change Sen. 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 Sen. David Knutson (R, 37) resigned because he was appointed to district judgeship. His resignation date is unclear. 66 30 35 1 6
* This margin reflects that the Independence party member (Senator Sheila Kiscaden) caucused with the Democrats.
7/21/2004 Special election Rep. Chris Gerlach (R) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 37 on July 13, 2004. He took office on 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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