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State House has 280 bills pre-filed six weeks before session starts

With nearly six weeks to go before the legislative session opens in Minnesota, state House members already have pre-filed 280 bills.

Many of them may be considered by standing committees when legislators get a jump on the session with pre-session hearings at the Capitol Jan. 27-30.

Under House rules, says House Information Services, bills can be introduced “between the final day of the regular session in an odd-numbered year and the first day of the regular session in an even-numbered year. Pre-filed bills are numbered and may be unofficially referred to standing House committees.”

First Assistant Chief Clerk Patrick Murphy said: “It’s just a way to kind of expedite the process during the interim, to get those ideas out there.”

While lots of discussion can occur, no formal action, such as amendments or passage, can happen until the Legislature opens Feb. 25.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Sarah Silander on 01/15/2014 - 11:33 pm.

    Pre-filings are a ruse to justify 12 month legislators

    It would be interesting to see the pre-filing numbers for the last 5 years. My hunch is that pre-filing#’s are going up and that they are part of a strategy to justify the fallacy that we need legislators working year-round at twice their current salary.

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