Bill Text: MN SR6 | 2021-2022 | 92nd Legislature | Draft

Bill Title: A Senate resolution relating to rules; adopting temporary rules for the 92nd session of the Legislature

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Passed) 2021-01-07 - Adopted [SR6 Detail]

Download: Minnesota-2021-SR6-Draft.html

1.1A Senate resolution
1.2relating to rules; adopting temporary rules for the 92nd session of the Legislature.
1.3BE IT RESOLVED, by the Senate of the State of Minnesota:
1.4The temporary rules of the Senate for the 91st session of the Legislature are adopted as the
1.5temporary rules for the 92nd session, to be effective until the adoption of permanent rules by a
1.6majority vote of the Senate, subject to the following condition:
1.7A bill may not be introduced on the first day.
1.8The rules referred to above are amended as follows:
1.107.1The Committees on Taxes and on Finance must hold hearings as necessary to determine
1.11state revenues and appropriations for the fiscal biennium.
1.127.2Within 30 days after the last state general fund revenue and expenditure forecast for the
1.13next fiscal biennium becomes available during the regular session in the odd-numbered year, targets
1.14for the general fund budget must be publicly announced by the Chair of the Committee on Finance
1.15or the Chair of the Committee on Rules and Administration. Subsequent adjustments to the targets
1.16required under this rule shall be made by public announcement of the chair of the Committee on
1.17Rules and Administration.
1.187.3The omnibus tax and appropriation bills are:
1.19    (1) the omnibus tax bill;
1.20(2) the agriculture appropriations bill;
1.21    (3) the E-12 education appropriations bill;
1.22(4) the commerce and consumer protection appropriations bill;
2.1(5) the energy and utilities appropriations bill;
2.2    (6) the higher education appropriations bill;
2.3    (7) the health and human services appropriations bill;
2.4(8) the housing appropriations bill;
2.5(9) the environment and natural resources appropriations bill;
2.6(9) (10) the jobs and economic growth appropriations bill;
2.7(10) (11) the judiciary and public safety appropriations bill;
2.8(11) (12) the state government appropriations bill;
2.9    (12) (13) the transportation appropriations bill;
2.10(13) (14) the veterans and military affairs appropriations bill; and
2.11    (14) (15) the omnibus capital investment bill.
2.12    An omnibus appropriation or tax bill may not be divided.
2.137.4An amendment to an omnibus appropriation or tax bill that is a Senate file or an unofficial
2.14engrossment of a House file is out of order if it will:
2.15(1) increase net appropriations from a fund for a fiscal biennium, without a corresponding
2.16increase in net revenue, compared to the bill as it was reported to the floor of the Senate;
2.17(2) reduce net revenue to a fund for a fiscal biennium, without a corresponding reduction in
2.18net appropriations, compared to the bill as it was reported to the floor of the Senate;
2.19(3) change appropriations, transfers, or revenues to an agency that was not in the bill as it
2.20was reported to the floor of the Senate; or
2.21(4) create or increase the amount of a tax expenditure by reducing appropriations, transfers,
2.22or revenues to an agency that was not in the bill as it was reported to the floor of the Senate.
2.24The standing committees of the Senate are as follows:
2.25Aging and Long-Term Care Policy
2.26Agriculture, and Rural Development, and Housing Finance and Policy
2.27Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Policy
2.28Capital Investment
2.29Civil Law and Data Practices Policy
2.30Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy
3.1E-12 Education Finance and Policy
3.2Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy
3.3Environment and Natural Resources Finance
3.4Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance
3.5Family Care and Aging
3.7Health and Human Services Finance and Policy
3.8Higher Education Finance and Policy
3.9Housing Finance and Policy
3.10Human Services Licensing Policy
3.11Human Services Reform Finance and Policy
3.12Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy
3.13Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy
3.14Labor and Industry Policy
3.15Local Government Policy
3.16Mining and Forestry Policy
3.18Rules and Administration
3.19State Government Finance and Policy and Elections
3.21Technology and Reform Policy
3.22Transportation Finance and Policy
3.23Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy
3.2512.1(a) All meetings of the Senate, its committees, and subcommittees are open to the public.
3.26A meeting of a caucus of the members of any of those bodies from the same political party need
3.27not be open to the public. A caucus of the Hennepin county, Ramsey county, or St. Louis county
3.28delegation is open to the public. For purposes of this rule, a meeting occurs when a quorum is
3.29present and action is taken regarding a matter within the jurisdiction of the body.
4.1(b) During the peacetime emergency declared by the Governor on March 13, 2020, in
4.2Executive Order 20-01, or during any subsequent peacetime emergency declared by the Governor
4.3that is related to the infectious disease known as COVID-19, Senate committee and subcommittee
4.4meetings may be held using alternative means that permit remote participation and voting, subject
4.5to this rule. Compliance with this rule meets the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, section 3.055.
4.6The alternative means used to conduct a hearing under this rule must ensure that all members of
4.7the committee participating in the hearing can see and hear one another, and that all witnesses are
4.8also visible and audible to the members participating during the witness's testimony, with the ability
4.9for witnesses to see and hear the members participating during the witness's testimony. If a member
4.10participating in a hearing held under this rule verbally affirms during the course of the hearing that
4.11the member's Internet connection prevents the member from establishing a visual connection to the
4.12hearing, the member may participate using only an audio connection to the hearing. Any meeting
4.13using alternative means must be contemporaneously available electronically to the public. The
4.14notice provided for the hearing must specify how members of the public may access and monitor
4.15the meeting. All of the requirements of Senate Rule 12 apply to hearings held under this paragraph
4.16unless otherwise excepted.
4.1712.2Any person may submit to the Chair of the Committee on Rules and Administration a
4.18complaint that members have violated the open meeting requirements of Minnesota Statutes, section
4.193.055. The complaint must be in writing. The Chair of the Committee on Rules and Administration
4.20shall immediately forward the complaint in writing to the Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct without
4.21disclosing the identity of the complainant. The complaint must not be further disclosed without the
4.22consent of the complainant, except to the members against whom the complaint was made, unless
4.23the complaint was made by a member of the Senate in writing under oath, in which case the
4.24investigatory procedures of Rule 55 apply.
4.2512.3To the extent practical, a committee or subcommittee shall announce each meeting to
4.26the public at least three calendar days before convening. The notice must state the name of the
4.27committee or subcommittee, the bill or bills to be considered, and the place and time of meeting.
4.28The notice must be posted on the Senate's Web site and on all Senate bulletin boards in the Capitol
4.29and the State Office Building. A notice must be sent to the House of Representatives for posting
4.30as it deems necessary. If the three-day notice requirement cannot be met, the committee or
4.31subcommittee shall give simultaneous notice to all of the known proponents and opponents of the
4.32bill as soon as practicable.
4.3312.4A Senate committee or subcommittee shall adjourn no later than midnight each day,
4.34unless two-thirds of the members present vote to suspend this requirement.
4.3512.5Committees and subcommittees may not meet while the Senate is in session without
4.36permission of the Senate. The names of the members excused shall be printed in the Journal.
4.3712.6A majority of its members constitutes a quorum of a committee or subcommittee.
5.112.7Each standing committee of the Senate, including a subcommittee of the committee,
5.2may at any time sit and act, investigate and take testimony on any matter within its jurisdiction,
5.3report hearings held by it, and make expenditures as authorized by the Committee on Rules and
5.512.8A standing committee, but not a subcommittee, may require by subpoena or otherwise
5.6the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of correspondence, books, papers,
5.7and documents, in the manner provided by Minnesota Statutes, section 3.153.
5.812.9Upon the request of a member of a committee or subcommittee to which a bill has been
5.9referred, or upon the request of the chief author of the bill, a record must be made of the vote on
5.10the bill or any amendment in the committee or subcommittee.
5.1112.10Upon request of three members of the committee before the vote is taken, the record
5.12of a roll call vote in a standing committee must accompany the committee report and be printed in
5.13the Journal.
5.1412.11A committee report may only be based on action taken at a regular or special meeting
5.15of the committee. A report in violation of this rule is out of order.
5.1612.12No Senate committee or subcommittee shall permit any appointed officer or employee
5.17of the executive branch, registered lobbyist, or lobbyist principal to be seated at the committee table
5.18with members of the Senate during an official meeting of a committee of the Senate.