Minnesota lawmakers extend special session in push for bonding bill
October 13, 2020
It could come down to six Republican legislators.
For more than half a year, members of the Minnesota House have tried and failed to get a bipartisan supermajority for a major public works construction package. Local government leaders, unions and construction workers say the billion-dollar-plus borrowing proposal, known as a bonding bill, would provide a much-needed boost during the pandemic-induced recession.
As the Legislature gathered Monday for its fifth special session of the year, Democratic House leaders expressed confidence that they could finally get the six GOP votes they need to pass a bill. But without the support to fast-track the bonding bill in one day, DFL House Majority Leader Melissa Hortman delayed a vote in hopes of passing the measure by Wednesday.