ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Latest on developments at the Minnesota Capitol on Thursday (all times local):
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has called a one-day special session beginning Friday so that lawmakers can finish their work and complete a $48 billion state government budget for the next two years.
Walz announced Thursday that he and legislative leaders signed an agreement outlining terms of the special session. Walz then called for the special session to convene at 10 a.m. Friday. Legislative leaders agreed to adjourn the session before 7 a.m. Saturday.
The last piece of the budget fell into place early Thursday when the Democratic governor and leaders of the Senate Republican and House Democratic majorities agreed on a health and human services funding bill. They agreed on most of the other big budget bills Wednesday.
But they didn't nail down the starting date for the special session until Thursday night after a day of back-and-forth consultations in private.
Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill allowing homeowners to void racially restrictive covenants in their property titles.
Covenants in property titles that impose racial restrictions on ownership are unenforceable under federal and state law.
But researchers estimate that such language remains attached to thousands of property titles in Minnesota.
Democratic Sen. Jeff Hayden of Minneapolis said in a statement Thursday that Minnesota's continued segregation by race is a lasting ramification of those covenants.
The new law allows property owners to file forms with their counties specifically stating that those covenants no longer apply.