Dayton sets sights on April 8 for State of the State
March 17, 2015 — 5:53pm
Gov. Mark Dayton has requested he be allowed to deliver his State of the State speech on Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p.m.
Dayton made the request Tuesday in letters to House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate President Sandy Pappas. He had initially requested a March 25 date for the annual speech held in the House chamber, but Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk asked him to push that back since it falls just ahead of a legislative break that is typically preceded by a burst of committee activity.
State of the State speeches typically come earlier in the session, although Dayton has made a habit of pushing them back a bit later. Last year, he delivered his speech on April 30.
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