2020 Legislative Summary
Minnesota lawmakers returned to the Capitol for the 2020 regular legislative session—the second year of the legislative biennium—on February 11th. With the state’s $48 billion budget already set, lawmakers and advocates entered session with a focus on cost-neutral policy bills, a bonding bill, and a supplemental budget bill to take advantage of a $1.5 billion budget surplus. After just one month, everyone’s intentions were upended by the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see our full 2020 Legislative Session Summary for more details.
2020 Legislative Outcomes Snapshot
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 forced lawmakers and advocates to pivot from many of their top priorities in order to coordinate the state’s response. As a result, many items on our policy agenda saw mixed results (e.g., programs received one-time funding for emergency relief). This information is a quick snapshot of progress made, taking into account items related to COVID-19, as appropriate. Please see our full 2020 Legislative Outcomes Snapshot for more details.