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Capitol News- Closure of the 2012 Legislative Session

15 May

The 2012 legislative session came to an end on Friday, May 11, 2012. The end of session was dominated by the push for the $975 million Vikings stadium bill and the $496 million bonding bill. The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, along with other Councils of Color defended their existence to the Sunset commission.

Sunset Bill
The Sunset Advisory Commission reviews state agencies and makes recommendations on abolition, continuation or reorganization. State agencies up for review were; Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, Chicano Latino Affairs Council, Council on Black Minnesotans, Indian Affairs Council and Office of Unlicensed Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practice. The recommendation of the Sunset Advisory Commission was not to sunset the state agencies, however, it is up to the legislature to act on the recommendation and it is up to the house and senate to pass law that continues the existence of these agencies.

Stadium Bill
Governor Mark Dayton signed the Stadium Bill (HF2958) which calls for the $975 million “People’s Stadium” to be built on the Metrodome site in Minneapolis. The stadium will be paid by three funding streams; the Vikings team will cover $477, the state $348 and Minneapolis $150. Although the Governor signed the bill, the project still needs final approval from the Minneapolis City Council. The Vikings will be playing at the Metrodome and TCF Bank Stadium until the new stadium is completed in 2016.

Bonding Bill
A $496 million capital investment bill was signed by Gov. Dayton. The bill will cover construction and remodeling projects on Minnesota State Colleges and Universities systems, the University of Minnesota, roads and bridges, food mitigation, the Department of Employment and Economic Development, and renovations for the State Capitol building.

Fall Election Season
As the legislative session comes to a conclusion attention is shifting to campaign session and the November Presidential Elections.

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