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2024 Legislative Session ends in chaos

Angela Garin
By Angela Garin  |  May 24, 2024  |  All members

The Minnesota Legislature ended its work for the 2024 Legislative Session on Sunday with a chaotic finale as political tensions erupted over a last-minute decision by democrats to put their unfinished priorities into one bill or “megabus” to get them across the finish line. Democrats bypassed debate and went straight to a vote on a “megabus” bill that was the tax bill that they added eight other omnibus bills/conference committee reports. Without the “megabus,” those proposals would not have otherwise cleared both chambers by the deadline of 11:59 PM Sunday night. Republicans were shouting, seeking motions to stop the vote by democrats. Much of it was inaudible, but it was clear that some members yelled "tyranny" and "communism" in the frantic final minutes. One representative characterized the bill as "grand theft omnibus."

DFL leaders held a presser after adjournment where they defended their decision to abruptly bring that bill up for a vote without debate. They argued that republicans had already gotten a chance to voice their concerns on many of the conference committee reports included in it throughout the process. They accused the GOP of filibustering and forcing the democrats' hands with Speaker Hortman saying, "It was a deliberate effort to block progress and we had to take extraordinary measures which are authorized by the rules to pass the bills."

The “megabus” that ended up passing contained the following:
  • HF5242 Transportation, Housing, and Labor
  • HF4247 Scope of practice bill
  • HF4024 Higher Education
  • HF2609 Straw purchasing/binary trigger ban
  • SF4942 Agriculture/Energy
  • SF5335 Human Services
  • SF4699 Health and Human Services
  • HF5363 Paid Family Medical Leave changes
  • Tax bill

Prior to the chaos of the final minutes of session, the Senate heard and passed off the floor SF5335, the Human Services provisions. Amongst the chaos and shouting within the House Chamber immediately following the vote on the megabus, SF5335 was also inaudibly voted on and passed off the House Floor. 

The Senate adjourned sine die at 12:01 AM Monday morning and the House adjourned and returned Tuesday morning for retirement speeches. 

Angela Garin  |  Senior Director of Advocacy  |  |  952-851-2498


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