ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Legislature has convened to
vote on a budget deal that would end an almost three-week-long
state government shutdown.
Both chambers came to order shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Gov. Mark Dayton called lawmakers back to the
Capitol to vote on a series of budget bills that would restart
Passage of the nine budget bills isn't assured - some
Republicans aren't happy with the extra spending their leaders
agreed to, and Democrats have mostly disavowed the compromise
reached last week by GOP legislative leaders and the Democratic
Voting is expected to go through the night as lawmakers hurry to
end the shutdown.
The 19-day stoppage has sullied Minnesota's good-government
reputation, while disrupting lives and businesses around the state.