Regular Session About to End But Special Session Is On Tap
We’re in the final hours of the 2020 regular legislative session, but Monday’s adjournment won’t mean the end of legislative activity at the Capitol. No bills may be passed after midnight on Sunday, and Monday we'll see retirement speeches and other ceremonial acts. Governor Walz, legislators, staffers and lobbyists are busy trying to wrap up the regular session, but a special session is expected to begin in just a few weeks.
The agenda for the special session will be focused on responding to the fiscal impact of COVID with budget cuts expected to be part of the solution. The special session is also expected to see action on items left unresolved by the regular session. The voting process, especially in the House where all 134 members must be individually called upon to vote, is dramatically slower because of COVID and fewer bills are being processed. As a result, some of these may be taken up in a one-day special session that may be held on Tuesday.
Still pending on Friday is House consideration of the HHS policy bill, which includes NAIFA’s medical records provision. NAIFA’s lobbying team has been assured by leadership staff in both the House and Senate that the bill will be considered before Sunday night.