The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce session priorities gathering in St. Paul is a tradition that has become an important event for the state’s political leaders. During the gathering, four legislative leaders and KSTP-TV political reporter Tom Hauser engaged in a lightning round of rapid-fire questions to preview the upcoming session.
Each leader was asked a series of questions, and their quick answers provided glimpses into the legislature’s priorities. They spoke about the chances of a sports betting bill passing, which colleague from the opposition they would welcome into their caucus, whether state permitting is onerous or appropriate, the sale of strong beer in grocery stores, reforming the Met Council, a constitutional amendment for a full-time Legislature, and how their business communities described the legislative session. Additionally, they gave their predictions for the upcoming legislative session.
This annual session provides valuable insight into the possible legislative priorities for the next year, helping businesses and individuals understand what to expect from their representatives in government.