- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The harried last minutes of the Minnesota legislative session offered fodder for debate Tuesday: Did the House approve the final piece of a state budget or something else?

Minnesota lawmakers rushed Monday night to adopt a bill funding economic development and energy programs before a midnight deadline. The Republican-led House spent less than 90 seconds on the nearly 100-page measure, voting over the howls of Democrats.

The House chief clerk read out the incorrect bill number while pairing it with a description more fitting to the budget bill. House Speaker Kurt Daudt closed the voting board after only 84 of 134 members had voted, announcing its passage.

Rep. Pat Garofalo, a Farmington Republican and the budget bill’s sponsor, said he’s confident lawmakers adopted the legislation properly.

“It’s a technical error,” Garofalo said. “The physical bill in front of the House was the jobs bill the Senate passed and the journal of the House will reflect that.”

The legislative record lists the vote as being on the budget bill and the chief clerk did use the correct number just before Daudt called the vote.

Gov. Mark Dayton will decide the measure’s fate within the next week.



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