Gov. Mark Dayton has sent a proposed agreement to legislative leaders for them to authorize before he will call a special legislative session.
The draft agreement requires the legislative session only include storm relief for southern Minnesota counties and a repeal of a sales tax on equipment of farm machinery.
If Democratic and Republican leaders agree to the governor’s terms, the session will convene 2 p.m. Sept. 9.
Staff for the governor's office and legislators have discussed perameters for the session for more than a week.
Here’s Dayton’s proposal:
The undersigned all agree that the 88th Legislature, 2013 1st Special Session will convene on Monday, September 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the State Capitol in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and will be limited to the 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriation Bill and a second bill to exempt repair labor for agricultural machinery from the sales and use tax. The appriopriations in the 2013 Disaster Relief Appriations Bill are reflected in the legislative spreadsheet and the language is reflected in the revisor's bill draft.
Under this agreement, the undersigned agree to the following:
1. No amendments to the Diaster Relief Appropriations Bill, once it is finalized by the signature of all five leaders below, and conveyed to the House and Senate in that exact form on Monday, September 9, will be voted upon or passed by either body.
2. No amendments to the bill to exempt repair labor for agricultural machinery from the sales and use tax, once it is finalized by the signature of all five leaders below, and conveyed to the House and Senate in that exact form on Monday, September 9, will be voted upon or passed by either body.
3. The only other bill that will be considered or passed, if necessary, will be a technical corrections bill related to the 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Bill. Before any technical corrections bill can be considered or passed by either body, all of the undersigned must agree to it in writing.
4. An urgency will be declared under Article IV, Section 19 of the Minnesota Constitution, and Permanent Senate Rule 2 and Permanent House Rule 1.04, requiring that a bill be given three readings on three separate days, will be suspended.
5. Under this agreement, no amendment will be considered to the legislation listed above. No other votes will be permitted and no other bills other than those listed above will be passed.
Under this agreement, the Special Session will conclude within one legislative day, and the bodies will adjourn the Special Session sine die no later than 7:00 a.m. on September 10, 2013.