- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A special session needed to complete a new Minnesota budget won’t be held in the Capitol, but a top state official hopes it’s at least near it.

Department of Administration Commissioner Matt Massman said Tuesday his agency will examine space around the state Capitol to remain in the vicinity of legislative staff and infrastructure.

Massman says the makeshift House and Senate chambers could be in hearing rooms or an auditorium. Gov. Mark Dayton made another pitch for an outdoor tent. It’ll be the first session held outside the Capitol in 111 years.

Electricity and water are being shut off June 1 as a major renovation encroaches further into legislative workspace.

The session could be low-tech, with limited microphones and voice roll-call votes.

Dayton hasn’t decided when he’ll summon lawmakers back.



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