Minnesota measure proposes special session rule change

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March 16, 2010

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SAINT PAUL, Minnesota: The governor currently is the only person that can call for a special legislative session, but it may not be for long if a proposed legislatively-referred constitutional amendment continues to move forward. This week the proposed Minnesota Special Legislative Session Amendment was approved by the Senate’s State and Local Government Operations and Oversight Committee and now moves forward to the Senate’s Rules Committee. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Richard Cohen, calls for giving legislators the power to declare a special legislative session without the governor's permission. In order to qualify for the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot, the proposed amendment must be agreed to by a majority of the members of each chamber of the Minnesota State Legislature. If approved by voters, legislators would have the power to call a special session for up to seven days if the majority party's leadership in both houses and the rules committee in each house approves.[1][2]

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