Representative Marquart Talks Strategy as Conference Committees Begin Debating Omnibus Bills
St. Paul, MN — Conference committees are set and this week will hit the road running debating the dozen omnibus bills presented by both the House and Senate in the Minnesota Legislature. Given it’s the only bipartisan state legislature in the nation, there will need be a lot of compromise on both sides before an agreement can be met, especially regarding the tax and public safety bills. Representative Paul Marquart notes that there are some bills, such as education and agriculture, that both sides are pretty well in agreement.
Governor Walz is expected this week to announce another dial back of COVID-19 restrictions, which Marquart says could be a bargaining chip in the legislative session.
The House and Senate only have two weeks to get all 12 omnibus budget bills passed in regular session. Representative Marquart says it will certainly get interesting down the stretch and states its not uncommon for lots of mind games and bait and switch tactics to come into play for each side to get what they really want.
Representative Marquart joins the KRJB Kaleidoscope Program each Friday at 9am during the legislative session. Listen back to this week’s interview below::