ST. PAUL, Minn. AP - Almost two years removed from a Minnesota government shutdown, lawmakers are closer to heading off future service interruptions.
A bill the House approved Saturday includes a provision instituting a continuing appropriation process.
That means that spending on programs would continue for a year even if lawmakers fail to approve a timely budget.
The overarching state agency finance bill passed 73-56.
In 2011, portions of state government were shuttered for almost three weeks when Governor Mark Dayton and the Legislature, then led by the GOP, couldn't agree on a budget by July 1st.
Only services deemed essential continued under a judge's order.
Republicans tried to moderate the shutdown language so appropriations wouldn't be made based on what they consider to be an autopilot basis.
The amendment failed.