A special session will start today at 3 p.m. at the State Capitol in St. Paul-the next step to end the state government shutdown, now in its 19th day.
Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders signed an agreement Tuesday morning outlining the terms of a special session to complete the budget.
A dozen bills, including nine budget measures, will need to be approved in order for the government shutdown to end. Click here to see a complete list of those bills.
According to the special session agreement, amendments cannot be made to any of the 12 bills and the session will conclude within two days.
According to the Star Tribune, Dayton said that the 22,000 state workers affected by the shutdown will be able to begin returning to work as soon as bills are signed, which could be as early as tomorrow.
"We have reached an agreement on all of the bills," Dayton told the Minneapolis newspaper. "We'veworked very, very hard around the clock for the last four days andnights. The goal has been to get Minnesotans back to work and to end theshutdown."