Senate confirmation hearings are expected to continue today in an extended special session at the State Capitol. On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed IRRB Commissioner Mark Phillips and Office of School Trust Lands Director Aaron Vande Linde. That was after Democrats moved to adjourn. Senator Jason Issacson of Shoreview argued…

“This is an example of retributive politics, this is not an example of good policy, and it’s certainly not in the best interest of Minnesota.”

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka responded that there was too much going on amid COVID and during the regular session to vote on the confirmations…

“And as we go to the end of session, that’s the last time you want to start confirming commissioners, especailly if they’re maybe somebody who is not confirmed.”

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency head Laura Bishop resigned Tuesday ahead of the Senate’s vote. D-N-R Commissioner Sarah Strommen  is expected to be confirmed today.