The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce held their annual tradition of a lightning round with four legislative leaders and KSTP-TV political reporter Tom Hauser in St. Paul. During this session, each leader was asked a series of rapid-fire questions, providing glimpses into the legislature’s priorities.
The legislators discussed the prospects of a sports betting bill passing and which colleague from the opposition they would welcome into their caucus. They also debated whether state permitting is onerous or appropriate and discussed the sale of strong beer in grocery stores. Additionally, they talked about reforming the Met Council and proposed a constitutional amendment for a full-time Legislature. Finally, they shared how their business communities described the legislative session and gave their predictions for the upcoming legislative session.
Overall, this annual session provided valuable insight into the possible legislative priorities for the next year.