Posted at 6:50 PM on July 19, 2011
by Madeleine Baran
The House and Senate are back in session. The Senate reconvened shortly after 6 p.m. and quickly voted, 57-7 to pass the public safety finance bill.
The House returned a few minutes later and began work on the transportation budget bill.
Earlier today, Gov. Dayton said he was hopeful some agencies could start operating tomorrow. But it's too soon to say whether the Legislature can pass all the bills tonight.
Dayton's chief of staff has said the governor will wait until all the bills are passed before he signs them.
Will there be any debate? Any public discussion? What happened to open government? Aside from the lack of secret police, we might as well be in Cuba.