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Legislative Time Capsule - 83rd Legislature (2003-2004)

Session Dates (All Sessions)

  Convened Adjourned Calendar Days Legislative Days - House Legislative Days - Senate
2003
1/7/2003 5/19/2003 133 59 59
2003 1st Special Session
Enact legislation to provide for the financial management of state government. Matters considered: Taxes, budget and appropriations, major bills not passed during regular session.
5/20/2003 5/29/2003 10 8 8
2004
2/2/2004 5/16/2004 105 52 51

Legislation (All Sessions)

  House - Bills Introduced Senate - Bills Introduced Laws Resolutions
2003 1658 Search 1576 Search 131   Search 0
2003 1st Special Session 70 Search 47 Search 23   Search 0
2004 1554 Search 1497 Search 159   Search 1

Legislation - Other Information

Vetoes (All Sessions)

  Full Bills Vetoed
(including pockets)
Pocket Vetoes Bills with Line Item Vetoes [# of lines vetoed] TOTAL
Full Bills Vetoed + Lines Vetoed
TOTAL
Full Bills Vetoed + Bills with Lines Vetoed
2003 2 0 1   [1] 3 3
2003 1st Special Session 0 0 0   [0] 0 0
2004 4 0 1   [1] 5 5

Leadership         

Speaker of the House Steven A. Sviggum  (Republican)
House Majority Leader Erik Paulsen  (Republican)
House Minority Leader Matthew Keating Entenza  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
President of the Senate James P. Metzen  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
Senate Majority Leader John Creighton Hottinger  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
Dean Elton Johnson  (Democratic-Farmer-Labor)
Senate Minority Leader Richard Day  (Republican)

Officers

Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives Edward A. Burdick
House Sergeant-at-Arms Shawn M. Peterson
Secretary of the Senate Patrick E. Flahaven
Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Sven K. Lindquist

Election Results

- Selected election results are available at this page.

Party Control of the House of Representatives (All Sessions)

Date Event Note Total Seats C/R/IR L/DFL Other Margin
1/7/2003 Convenes District 40A was vacant at the convening of the Legislature due to a resignation. [Total seats possible = 134] 133 81 52 0 29
1/17/2003 Resignation Rep. Mark Holsten (R, 52B) resigned to take an appointment as Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources. 132 80 52 0 28
1/30/2003 Resignation Rep. Rich Stanek (R, 32B) resigned to take an appointment as Commissioner of Public Safety. 131 79 52 0 27
2/10/2003 Special election Duke Powell (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 40A on February 3, 2003. He was sworn in on February 10, 2003. 132 80 52 0 28
2/17/2003 Special election Rebecca Otto (DFL) won the special election for a House seat in District 52B on February 11, 2003. She was sworn in on February 17, 2003. 133 80 53 0 27
3/3/2003 Special election Kurt Zellers (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 32B on February 25, 2003. He was sworn in around March 3, 2003. 134 81 53 0 28
11/24/2003 Resignation Rep. Tony Kielkucki (R, 18A) resigned to take a position as Deputy Secretary of State position in the Elections Office. 133 80 53 0 27
1/8/2004 Special election Scott Newman (R) won the special election for a House seat in District 18A on December 30, 2003. He was sworn in on January 8, 2004. 134 81 53 0 28
2/2/2004 Convenes [Total seats possible = 134] 134 81 53 0 28
6/30/2004 Resignation Rep. Doug Stang (R, 14B) resigned to become assistant Health Department Commissioner. There was no special election. 133 80 53 0 27
7/20/2004 Resignation Rep. Chris Gerlach (R, 37A) resigned in order to take the Senate District he won in a special election on July 13, 2004. There was no special election for his House seat. 132 79 53 0 26
7/21/2004 Resignation Rep. Eric Lipman (R, 56A) resigned to become the state sex-offender policy coordinator. There was no special election. 131 78 53 0 25
8/31/2004 Resignation Rep. Alice Seagren (R, 41B) was appointed to be the Education Commissioner. There was no special election. 129 77 52 0 25
8/31/2004 Resignation Rep. Tom Pugh (DFL, 39A) was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission. There was no special election. 129 77 52 0 25
C=Conservative  R=Republican  IR=Independent Republican  L=Liberal  DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Party Control of the Senate (All Sessions)

Date Event Note Total Seats C/R/IR L/DFL Other Margin
1/7/2003 Convenes [Total seats possible = 67] 67 31 35 1 3
* This margin reflects that the Independence party member (Senator Sheila Kiscaden) caucused with the Republicans.
5/29/2003 Caucus change After the 2003 Special Session, Sen. Bakk (DFL, 6) left the DFL caucus, but remained in the DFL party. The legislature was not in session while he was not a member of the DFL caucus. 67 31 35 1 3
* This margin reflects that the Independence party member (Senator Sheila Kiscaden) caucused with the Republicans.
2/2/2004 Convenes [Total seats possible = 67] 67 31 35 1 3
* This margin reflects that the Independence party member (Senator Sheila Kiscaden) caucused with the Republicans.
5/6/2004 Caucus change Sen. Sheila Kiscaden (Independence, 30) was asked to leave the Republican caucus. 67 31 35 1 4
5/11/2004 Caucus change Sen. Sheila Kiscaden (Independence, 30) joins the DFL caucus. 67 31 35 1 5
* This margin reflects that the Independence party member (Senator Sheila Kiscaden) caucused with the Democrats.
6/29/2004 Resignation Sen. David Knutson (R, 37) resigned because he was appointed to district judgeship. His resignation date is unclear. 66 30 35 1 6
* This margin reflects that the Independence party member (Senator Sheila Kiscaden) caucused with the Democrats.
7/21/2004 Special election Rep. Chris Gerlach (R) won the special election for a Senate seat in District 37 on July 13, 2004. He took office on July 21, 2004. 67 31 35 1 5
* This margin reflects that the Independence party member (Senator Sheila Kiscaden) caucused with the Democrats.
C=Conservative  R=Republican  IR=Independent Republican  L=Liberal  DFL=Democratic-Farmer-Labor

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