Rumors filling Capitol corridors, including the biggie: an imminent special session

Workers were busily removing the blockade that had prevented people from parking in front of the Capitol.
MinnPost photo by Terry Gydesen
Workers were busily removing the blockade that had prevented people from parking in front of the Capitol.

Rumors and reporters filled the Capitol this morning when it re-opened at 9 a.m.

The big rumor: Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders have reached a “handshake agreement” on all budget bills, meaning a special session could be called at any moment.

Another rumor: House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch were with Dayton, waiting for printed copies of bills that legislators worked on through the night.

And the biggest rumor of all: That the governor might call a special session TODAY.

“If you were the governor, wouldn’t you want to get this off your plate?” said one legislator who had worked on bills until midnight.

What isn’t known is whether there’s enough agreement among legislators to pass a deal once it makes it to the floor.

Still, there was more activity at the Capitol this morning than there’s been since the shutdown began shortly before midnight on June 30.

There was a steady stream of cars moving into the parking ramp next to the State Office Building, which houses most of the state’s legislators.

And workers were busily removing the blockade that had prevented people from parking in front of the Capitol.

Republicans also announced that there had been “minor” changes made in the Legacy Bill, which will be part of a special session. Apparently agreement also had been reached on a bonding bill, around midnight Monday, but no details are available yet.

Doug Grow writes about public affairs, state politics and other topics. He can be reached at dgrow [at] minnpost [dot] com.

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