Dayton Schedules Special Session For Monday

By KBJR News 1

Dayton Schedules Special Session For Monday

July 15, 2011 Updated Jul 15, 2011 at 1:35 PM CDT

Posted by Melissa Burlaga

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) Minnesota's Governor Mark Dayton plans to call a special session of the legislature to end the state government shutdown next week.

According to the Star Tribune, the DFL governor announced a tentative schedule Friday, a day after he and Republican legislative leaders reached a budget deal that had eluded them since July 1.

Appearing on Minnesota Public Radio, Dayton said legislative committee chairs and his commissioners have a deadline of 10 p.m. Friday to shape the bills that must be passed for state government can resume functioning.

Those bills will then be turned over to the Revisor of Statutes.

Once that office's work is done, the final bills will be presented to legislators.

Government can start back up and 22,000 state workers can return to work as soon as the bills are passed and signed into law.