Minnesota lawmakers passed a bill on Saturday to prevent future government shutdowns.
The House approved the bill that includes a provision allowing for a continuing appropriation process, which means spending on programs like parks, camping grounds and other state-funded services would continue for a year even if a budget is not approved in time.
The state agency finance bill passed 73-56.
The bill now heads to the Senate and if it passes, it would prevent interruptions like those of the 2011 government shutdown, in which portions of state government closed for nearly three weeks when Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature, then run by the GOP, couldn't meet on a July 1 budget.