Minnesota Lawmakers Near End of Session

By KBJR News 1

May 18, 2013 Updated May 19, 2013 at 5:17 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota lawmakers will be working day and night before the end of the legislative session.

Saturday a conference committee approved a K-12 education bill that increases funding for schools and provides funding for all day kindergarten.

Also, a budget bill was passed providing a five-percent funding increase over two years for nursing homes and long–term care facilities.

The deadline for lawmakers to finish the budget is midnight on Monday.

One of the issues tackled in St. Paul Saturday was a bill that would authorize a union vote for home daycare providers who receive state subsidies.

The Senate spent 17 hours debating the bill earlier this week. House members expect a long debate as well.

Democrats call it a priority for day care providers who have felt the brunt of budget cuts the past few years.

Republicans call the bill an overreach of government and have over 100 amendments to offer up.