Hold it! No bathroom access in MN Capitol in 2016

The Capitol under construction. Tom Scheck | MPR News

Do you think the Speaker of the House will allow for bathroom breaks?

House leaders insisted on holding the 2016 legislative session in the Capitol even though it’s undergoing significant renovation.

How significant? The Minnesota Department of Administration says there won’t be any running water or bathrooms available in the building.

Instead, lawmakers, lobbyists and the public will have to use what they have dubbed “temporary restrooms” (i.e. porta-potties) that will be stationed outside the building.

The Capitol is undergoing a $307 million renovation and is closed to the public.

Minnesota House leaders opted against holding sessions at a different site and insisted they hold next year’s short session in the House chamber in the Capitol. The Minnesota Department of Administration says it will cost the state $500,000 to accommodate the House (break down the work and then set it back up) in the 2016 session.

The Capitol will temporarily reopen on March 1, 2016. The 2016 legislative session starts on March 8.

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    They could easily just meet in the new Senate office building, but Daudt would rather waste money and sit in the dark with no water or bathrooms than use a perfectly good building that will be available. All to continue trying to blame the DFL for “wasteful” spending on a very necessary new building. I guess he just doesn’t want the public (who may have very limited access – see the letter) seeing the embarrassing behavior as they “vote” at the last minute on bills none of them have read.

  • Nightowl

    They could help save money by having the Republicans dig and use outhouses. Some of those earliest pictures of St. Paul are before the city had any sewers, and there are outhouses all over.

  • Cat

    The Republican House wants to make it difficult for the public to watch and listen to them on the job.

  • Kurt O

    Sounds like the legislature needs to **** or get off the pot.

  • Kevin Gilbertson

    It is always the other parties fault. Sounds like a lot of bitter banter. I propose we cancel the entire session and save the taxpayers’ money. Our state can survive one year of no political activity. The budget was passed last year so the public coffers have been filled to the brim. The special interest groups and cities can wait two years to beg funding from the taxpayer in the bonding year of 2018.