A target is a budget for how much to spend on a certain bill or issue. Once a committee has their target (which are negotiated by leadership) they have a guideline. For instance, if the bonding target is $800M, the Capitol Investment Committee puts together a bill that spends up to that much. All of the bonding proposals that are submitted usually WAY outspend what the target is, so the Committee uses the target to decide how many projects to include. (http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/13232)
What is interim?
Interim is the time between sessions. Right after adjournment sine die in May, through the next January (for the first year of the biennium) or February/March (second year of the biennium).
What’s sine die?
Sine die means “without a day.” During session, when they adjourn floor meetings, part of the motion to adjourn includes the date and time of the next meeting. When they adjourn at the end of the year, they move to adjourn “sine die”.
When somebody works “at the Capitol” does that mean their office is IN the Capitol?
Rarely does it mean that. The Capitol Complex, governed by the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Commission (CAAPC), includes 15 individual buildings as well as the surrounding greenspace. Senators and their staff have offices in the Minnesota Senate Building (MSB). House members and their staff, the Reviser’s office and Legislative Library are in the State Office Building (SOB). A few members of House and Senate leadership have second offices in the Capitol itself, along with the Governor, but one of the main goals of the 2011 restoration resulted in an increase of 30,000 square feet of space in the Capitol being accessible to the public. The press corps have offices in the basement, but like lobbyists, constituents and other visitors, are frequently out and about, monitoring committee hearings and talking to legislators. Public events and rallies take place both inside the Capitol and on the grounds.
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