Friday, March 7, 2008

Bonding speeds ahead-conferees named

It was an important week at the Capitol as bonding bills were passed both in the House and Senate. Under the legislation, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities received funding to make important improvements on campuses. The House bill proposed $281 million to the system whereas the Senate legislation provided $271 million. For a complete list of the projects that were funded, please view this document.

With both bills passed, conferees were named on Thursday:

Senate Conferees:
Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon (Chair)
Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm
Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul
Sen. Linda Scheid, DFL-Brooklyn Park
Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley

House Conferees:
Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul (Chair)
Rep. Jean Wagenius, DFL-Minneapolis
Rep. Loren Solberg, DFL- Grand Rapids
Rep. Bev Scalze, DFL- Little Canada
Rep. Kathy Tingelstad, R-Andover

Members of this committee will iron out the differences between the House and Senate bill. Once the conferees put together a bill, the legislation goes back to the House and Senate for an up or down vote. No amendments are taken.

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