It's a little early in the year for a horse-racing comparison, but the Legislature kicked off (Oops! Wrong sport!) today with the new majority being sworn in at the House of Representatives and the Senate reconvening. There is one new Senator--Senator Jeff Howe who replaced former Senator Michelle Fishbach--with the Republicans maintaining control of the body. Until last week, it appeared it would be a one-vote majority at 34-33, but with Senator Tony Lourey resigning to become Commissioner-designee at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Republicans have a two-vote edge pending the results of a special election to be held on February 5.
At any rate, it's time to pull out the programs, because as the old saying goes "You don't know the players if you don't have a scorecard." The links below lead you this year's line-ups in the House and Senate.
And here are the committee rosters. As I wrote late last year, the Senate has combined the E-12 Funding and Education Policy Committees into one committee--surprisingly named the Education Funding and Policy Committee--that will be chaired by Senator Carla Nelson. The House Education Finance Division will fall under the auspices of the House Ways and Means Committee and will be chaired by Representative Jim Davnie. The House Education Policy Committee will be chaired by Representative Cheryl Youakim.
Here are the links to the aforementioned committees.
Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee
House Education Finance Division
House Education Policy Committee
The House has also created a subcommittee that will deal with early childhood issues and will have jurisdiction over budget areas in education and health and human services that provide service to Minnesota families with children who have yet to enter school. That committee will be chaired by Representative David Pinto. Below is a link to that committee:
Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division
Frankly, I was surprised that the Legislature convened on a national holiday. Everyone knows that January 8 is the birthday of Elvis Presley and somehow the mail was delivered and banks were open today. Anyway, here's a video of an Elvis television performance from 1956 summing up how I hope the Legislature treats me in 2019.