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Education Legislation

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Conference Committee

Both the House and Senate have rolled all of their finance and policy bills - K-12 education, higher eduction, transportation state government, jobs and energy, health and human services and agriculture - into single supplemental finance omnibus bills.

SEE Side-by-Side Comparison of the House, Senate and Governor's provisions in E-12 education omnibus bills. (5/17/18)

SF3656/HF4328 

FINAL Conference Committee Agreement on E-12 Education (5/15/18)

Change Items FINAL - Summary of New Spending  
Article 33-School Safety
Article 34-General Education
Article 35-Education Excellence
Article 36-Teachers
Article 37-Special Education
Article 38-Facilities, Technology, Libraries, and Nutrition
Article 39-Early Education and Self-Sufficiency
Article 40-State Agencies
Article 41-Forecast Adjustments
State Aid Appropriations - Spreadsheet
Levy Tracking - Spreadsheet

Documents for the conference committee to use while negotiating (5/8/18)

The conference committee members have been selected.  (5/7/18)

Senate Members:

Chair Julie Rosen (R-Vernon Center)
Chair of the Finance Committee
sen.julie.rosen@senate.mn 
651-296-5713

Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake)
Chair of the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee
Use Main Form or sen.michelle.benson@senate.mn
651-296-3219

Sen. Scott Newman (R-Hutchinson)
Chair of the Transportation Finance and Policy Committee
sen.scott.newman@senate.mn 
651-296-4131

Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove)
Chair of the Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee
sen.warren.limmer@senate.mn
651-296-2159

Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake)
Chair of the State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee
Use Mail Form or sen.mary.kiffmeyer@senate.mn
651-296-5655

House Members:  

Chair Jim Knoblach (R-St. Cloud)
Chair of the Ways and Means Committee
rep.jim.knoblach@house.mn 
651-296-6612

Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington)
Chair of the Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee
rep.pat.garofalo@house.mn 
651-296-1069

Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie)
Chair of the Eduction Finance Committee
rep.jenifer.loon@house.mn 
651-296-7449

Rep. Gene Pelowski (DFL-Winona)
DFL Lead of the Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance Committee
rep.gene.pelowski@house.mn 
651-296-8637

Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska)
Chair of the Transportation Finance Committee
rep.paul.torkelson@house.mn 
651-296-9303

Email cut and paste for all members:  sen.julie.rosen@senate.mn, sen.michelle.benson@senate.mn, sen.scott.newman@senate.mn, 
sen.mary.kiffmeyer@senate.mn, rep.jim.knoblach@house.mn, rep.pat.garofalo@house.mnrep.gene.pelowski@house.mn, 
rep.paul.torkelson@house.mn, sen.paul.gazelka@senate.mn, rep.kurt.daudt@senate.mn 


Education Finance Bills


House - HF4328 (Loon - R) includes HF3315 policy provisions
Senate - SF3928 (Nelson - R)

Governor's Supplemental Budget Proposal

Governor Mark Dayton proposes $137 million in emergency school aid, acknowledging many school districts are facing budget shortfalls.  (5/1/18)



Education Policy Bills

House - HF3315 Erickson (R-Princeton)

Senate - SF3086 Pratt (R - Prior Lake)

Governor 


HF3035 (O'Driscoll)/SF2620 (Rosen) - The bill works to stabilize the pension plans of state employees.  On the education side, changes to the Teachers Retirement Account (TRA) increases the employers contribution by 1.25% over six years.  This bill contains the funding for the school district's increased contribution.  Also, the funding goes directly to a TRA pension transfer account and not routed through the school district.  Summary of the bill.  SEE strongly supports this bill that keeps the cost of the increase from competing with dollars for the classroom.  On 3/26/18, the Senate passed SF2620 on a floor in a 66-0 vote.  Still waiting for the House to bring their pension bill to the floor.