ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers have opened what's planned to be a brief special session to approve disaster relief money.
The House and Senate gaveled in at 10 a.m. Monday. Legislative leaders have an agreement with Gov. Mark Dayton that a $4.5 million disaster aid bill will be the only one debated.
That didn't stop lawmakers from introducing several dozen other bills on topics ranging from repeal of some numerous recent sales tax increases, to repealing authorization for a union organizing vote by some home daycare workers, to several pieces of legislation related to the ongoing Minnesota Vikings stadium construction.
The disaster-aid bill provides a 25-percent state match that will go with $13.5 million from the federal government to help 18 Minnesota counties recover from a series of severe storms in late June.