Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, was appointed Tuesday, April 18, to serve on the Minnesota Legislature’s conference committee for Senate File 605, the omnibus state government bill. Kiffmeyer will chair the panel, joining four of her Senate colleagues and five members from the House, who will work to negotiate with Gov. Mark Dayton and reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
The omnibus state government bill was passed by the Senate earlier this month. Kiffmeyer said it reins in government spending by decreasing the budget by 2.8 percent compared to the previous biennium. The bill also includes funding for elections equipment grants, increased cybersecurity and AMBER Alert Systems upgrades.
Conference committees will begin meeting in the next few days, and will continue negotiations until an agreement is reached. Once the conference committee report is passed, the report will head back to both the Senate and House to be voted on. If passed by both bodies, it will be sent to Dayton for his signature to become law.
The Legislature has five weeks of session left and must have all bills submitted to the governor by Monday, May 22.