MN House Passes Bill To Avoid Government Shutdowns

Sunday, April 21st, 2013 at 9:07 am

The State House of Representatives met on Saturday to discuss a bill that looks to avoid government shutdowns, such as the one Minnesota experienced in 2011.

The House passed a state government bill that will appropriate $921 million to over 28 agencies throughout the state. The AP reports the bill will also institute “continuing appropriation process”, which signifies that spending would continue for another year even if lawmakers fail to approve a timely budget. This institution is what will prevent further shutdowns in the state from happening.

Republicans opposed various funding items, including $620,000 for Minnesota Public Radio and $30,000 for a bust or statue for Nellie Stone Johnson, a Minnesota political leader and civil rights activist, in the State Capitol.

The amended bill now returns to the Senate, where a 34-32 vote was found earlier on Tuesday.

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