Bonding, roads, bridges and SWLRT
The session ended when an effort to increase funding for roads and bridges and borrow money for public works and infrastructure collapsed in the final minutes.
A bill arose quickly after Prince’s unexpected death, restricting unauthorized use of an artist’s image or likeness after they die. But the effort stalled out for the year.
Although fantasy sports remain legal, two big daily fantasy companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, had wanted their legal status codified into law. The Senate declined to do so.
Minnesota United FC won a property tax exemption for the land and a liquor license for the 20,000-seat soccer stadium in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul.
Primary, not caucus
A huge turnout at the March precinct caucuses left many disgruntled voters. The Legislature took notice, and in 2020 Minnesota will have a presidential primary.
The House and Senate passed $259 million in tax cuts for veterans with pension income, small business property owners, young people with student loans, parents with child care costs and smokers.
Lawmakers need to comply with the federal Real ID law. The negotiations between the House and Senate broke down over a seemingly unrelated issue: licenses for undocumented workers.
Criminal justice reform was a big issue again. A compromise bill will lessen sentences of drug users while strengthening penalties for so-called “kingpins.”