Turns out there will be a slight delay before DFL Gov. Mark Dayton will have a chance to sign a bill fixing Destination Medical Center's funding formula.
The bill stills needs the signature of House Speaker Kurt Daudt, who is out of town at a conference in Texas. House Republican spokeswoman Susan Closmore said Daudt had expected the Senate would pass the bill on Tuesday before he left town for the conference. But the Senate didn't pass the measure until today. So Closmore said Daudt plans to sign the bill on Saturday when he returns.
"Speaker Daudt will sign it Saturday because it is a priority for our caucus," Closmore said.
Once Daudt signs the bill, it can head to the governor's desk. The measure also includes $20 million in tax cuts. The Dayton Administration had asked lawmakers to get the bill passed by Jan. 20 — the start of tax filing season in the state. The House passed the bill on Jan. 15 but scheduling conflicts led the Senate to delay the vote until today.
(h/t Brian Bakst)