The session can go until the 19th…

Whether there is a budget deal or not, legislative leaders have managed to time things so there are enough legislative days to last through May 19th (the official day of adjournment).

What does that mean? Last month I blogged on whether there would be enough legislative days to last through the end of session. If you remember, the Constitution limits the number of days the legislature can meet (in a floor session) to 120. At that time, it seemed like there shouldn’t be any danger of running out.

But intense floor activity here at the end quickly ate up the remaining days. Yesterday (May 13th) marked day 115…leaving just five legislative days left for this session. By not meeting today, leaders now have enough days – 5 – to meet in session on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. If necessary.

Will that be enough time to finish up a budget? I’m not placing any bets.

-Christina Wessel

About Christina Wessel

Christina served as the Minnesota Budget Project's deputy director until January 2014.
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