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Legislative Time Capsule - 87th Legislature (2011-2012)

Session Dates (All Sessions)

  Convened Adjourned Calendar Days Legislative Days - House Legislative Days - Senate
2011
1/4/2011 5/23/2011 140 64 64
2011 1st Special Session
To complete the passage of budget bills.
7/19/2011 7/20/2011 2 1 1
  The special session began on July 19, 2011 and adjourned on Wednesday, July 20, 2011. A legislative day begins at seven o'clock a.m. and continues until seven o'clock a.m. of the following calendar day so the session was one legislative day and two calendar days in length.    
2012
1/24/2012 5/10/2012 108 54 55
  Since the sine die adjournment calendar date in the House occurred after midnight and before 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2012, the last 'legislative day' in the biennium was Wednesday, May 9, for a total of 118 legislative days. The Senate adjourned mid-afternoon on May 10, for a total of 119 legislative days.    
2012 1st Special Session
To provide disaster assistance for the flooded areas near Duluth.
8/24/2012 8/24/2012 1 1 1

Legislation (All Sessions)

  House - Bills Introduced Senate - Bills Introduced Laws Resolutions
2011 1761 Search 1477 Search 94   Search 0
2011 1st Special Session 27 Search 21 Search 12   Search 0
2012 1291 Search 1148 Search 150   Search 0
2012 1st Special Session 3 Search 3 Search 2   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
2011 23 0 0   [0] 23 23
2011 1st Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0
2012 32 2 0   [0] 32 32
2012 1st Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0

Leadership         

Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers  (Republican)
House Majority Leader Matt Dean  (Republican)
House Minority Leader Paul Thissen  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
President of the Senate Michelle L. Fischbach  (Republican)
Senate Majority Leader David H. Senjem  (Republican)
Amy T. Koch  (Republican)
Senate Minority Leader Thomas M. Bakk  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)

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
1/4/2011 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 134 72 62 0 10
1/13/2011 Resignation Rep. Tony Sertich (DFL) from 5B resigned to become the Commissioner of the Minnesota Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. 133 72 61 0 11
2/22/2011 Special election Carly Melin (DFL) won a special election in District 5B. 134 72 62 0 10
10/18/2011 Resignation Rep. Jeff Hayden (DFL) won the special election for Senate seat in District 61. 133 72 61 0 11
1/10/2012 Special election Susan Allen (DFL) won a special election in District 61B. 134 72 62 0 10
1/24/2012 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 134 72 62 0 10
4/1/2012 Special election Rep. Lyle Koenen (DFL) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 20. 133 72 61 0 11
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
1/4/2011 Convenes [Total seats possible = 67] 67 37 30 0 7
3/20/2011 Resignation Sen. Ellen Anderson (DFL) resigns from District 66 to chair the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. 66 37 29 0 8
4/12/2011 Special election Mary Jo McGuire (DFL) elected in a special election in District 66. 67 37 30 0 7
6/15/2011 Death Sen. Linda Scheid (DFL) from District 46 dies. 66 37 29 0 8
8/15/2011 Resignation Sen. Linda Berglin (DFL) resigns from District 61 to take a position with Hennepin County. 65 37 28 0 9
10/18/2011 Special election Chris Eaton (DFL) elected in a special election in District 46. 67 37 30 0 7
10/18/2011 Special election Rep. Jeff Hayden (DFL) elected in a special election in Senate District 61. 67 37 30 0 7
11/7/2011 Resignation Sen. Larry Pogemiller (DFL) from District 59 resigns to become the Director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. 66 37 29 0 8
1/10/2012 Special election Kari Dziedzic (DFL) elected in a special election in District 59. 67 37 30 0 7
1/24/2012 Convenes [Total seats possible = 67] 67 37 30 0 7
3/2/2012 Death Sen. Gary Kubly (DFL) from District 20 dies. 66 37 29 0 8
4/10/2012 Special election Rep. Lyle Koenen (DFL) elected in a special election in District 20. 67 37 30 0 7
9/4/2012 Resignation Sen. John Harrington (DFL) from District 67 resigned to become Metro Transit Police Chief. 66 37 29 0 8
C=Conservative  R=Republican  IR=Independent Republican  L=Liberal  DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor

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