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80th Minnesota Legislature

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President  Allan Spear
Members  67 Senators
80th Minnesota Legislature
Jurisdiction  Minnesota, United States
Meeting place  Minnesota State Capitol
Term  January 7, 1997 (1997-01-07) – January 5, 1999 (1999-01-05)

The eightieth Minnesota Legislature first convened on January 7, 1997. The 67 members of the Minnesota Senate and the 134 members of the Minnesota House of Representatives were elected during the General Election of November 5, 1996.



The legislature met in a regular session from January 7, 1997 to May 15, 1997. A special session convened on June 26, 1997, to consider funding for K-12 schools, DWI measures, and government data practices. A second special session was convened on August 19, 1997, to provide flood relief and consider commissioners' pay and the minimum wage. A third special session was held from October 23, 1997 to November 14, 1997, to consider providing funding for a baseball stadium.

A continuation of the regular session was held between January 20, 1998 and April 9, 1998. An additional special session met from April 20, 1998 to April 22, 1998, to clarify legislation to allow for fraud recovery, and consider economic development issues and issues relevant to early childhood and family education.

Party summary

Resignations and new members are discussed in the "Membership changes" section, below.


President of the Senate
Allan Spear (DFL-Minneapolis)
Senate Majority Leader
Roger Moe (DFL-Erskine)
Senate Minority Leader
Until July 9, 1997 Dean Johnson (R-Willmar) After July 9, 1997 Dick Day (R-Owatonna)

House of Representatives

Speaker of the House
Phil Carruthers (DFL-Brooklyn Center)
House Majority Leader
Ted Winter (DFL-Fulda)
House Minority Leader
Steve Sviggum (R-Kenyon)


80th Minnesota Legislature Wikipedia

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