ST. PAUL-Ideas never really die at the Minnesota Legislature.
There's almost always a glimmer of hope that a proposal will make it through, until the House and Senate are forced by state law to adjourn on "the first Monday after the third Saturday in May."
This year, that's May 21.
After that, lawmakers who couldn't get attention for certain issues turn into a sort of disappointed Minnesota sports fan - There's always next year ...
Case in point: Sunday liquor store sales. The issue was presumed dead or on life support at the Legislature for years. But then in 2017, it was resurrected and eventually won approval with bipartisan support.
The lesson here is to never truly count anything out. There's no way to tell what proposals might make it in at the last minute as lawmakers are engaged in heated end-of-session negotiations.
Especially with a Republican-led House, a slim GOP majority in the Senate and a Democratic governor.
With that in mind, here's a look at where some of the biggest proposals debated this year stand:
Conforming with federal changes: Many see this as lawmakers' top priority this session. Minnesota needs to conform with recent federal tax code changes or many will pay more next year. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and House and Senate Republicans all have competing plans, but there is some common ground.
Status: Very much alive.
Reinstating taxes eliminated last year: Gov. Dayton has some bill signer's remorse over last year's tax bill and wants to reinstate taxes related to tobacco, estates and commercial property. Republicans pushed hard for these changes and they are opposed to undoing them.
Status: On life support, likely dead.
Safer schools: There is bipartisan support for new spending for security and access to mental health programs. The House and Senate still need to reconcile their bills with Dayton's proposal.
New spending for school operations: Dayton wants to spend $138 million on emergency aid to help schools avoid budget cuts. He's also proposed more permanent money for preschool. Republicans are opposed, saying the current education budget includes generous spending increases and districts have other ways to address fiscal challenges.
Status: On life support, but it depends on how adamant Dayton gets.
Health and human services
Elder abuse: The revelation last year that most complaints of elder abuse were never properly investigated shocked lawmakers and they returned to the Capitol calling for widespread reforms. Some of those changes have cleared committees and floor votes, but there is concern among advocates for seniors and vulnerable adults that the changes won't go far enough.
Opioids: In 2016, 395 Minnesotans died of opioid overdoses and those numbers are on the rise. There's been bipartisan support for reforms and a penny-per-pill fee on opioid prescriptions to cover the growing cost of treatment and prevention. Strong push-back from drug manufacturers helped block that fee, but a Senate proposal includes higher business-license costs for pharmaceutical companies and distributors.
Status: Alive, but the license fee faces a tough road in the House.
Gun control: While there was a single House hearing on a pair of bills early in the session (which ended when the bills were tabled by Republicans), no gun-control legislation has received any traction in either chamber this year. Efforts to resurrect them in recent weeks have all failed.
Status: On life support, almost certainly dead.
"Anti-protest" bill: A year-old bill that would increase criminal penalties for those that not only block highways and airports, but disrupt "transit," was revived and passed by the House last week. The bills were created in response to primarily Black Lives Matter protests that shut down highways in recent years. The governor has said he would look at bills that focused just on highways and airports, but nothing broader.
Status: Critical condition; faces a tough vote in the Senate, and possibly a Dayton veto.
Addressing sexual harassment
Severe and pervasive: The Legislature saw two of its members step down in the months before the session began because of allegations of sexual impropriety. That led to mandatory training in the House and ongoing debate over the best way to handle allegations at the Capitol and beyond. But a sweeping change to Minnesota's sexual harassment laws, removing the terms "severe and pervasive" from the statute describing what is unacceptable, have stalled in the Senate.
Status: Alive and on life support. Changes to how sexual harassment allegations are handled are likely, but widespread reform is unclear.
Inappropriate sex or butt grabbing: Three bills to file under the strangest to be debated this year are proposals to close loopholes allowing cops to have sex with people in their custody, teachers to have sex with older or former students and butt grabbing.
Status: All three are alive.
Capital projects and transportation
Bonding: Republicans and Democrats appear to agree on one thing when it comes to infrastructure investment: Protect and repair what we already have. But there are big differences on how much the state should spend. In the next week, lawmakers will have to find agreement between $825 million worth of projects in the House and Senate and $1.5 billion proposed by the governor.
Status: Alive; even-numbered years at the Legislature are typically devoted to bonding bills.
Transportation: In addition to borrowing for infrastructure projects, Republicans have proposed new spending out of the state's projected budget surplus. There's also talk of amending the state constitution to devote a portion of taxes on auto parts and repairs to roads and bridges.
Status: On life support, especially the constitutional amendment, which faces strong opposition.
Driver's licenses and car tabs
Real ID: Your driver's license should still work to get on domestic flights until 2020, thanks to the federal government extending Minnesota's deadline for making higher-security (Real ID) driver's licenses mandatory. The state is still on track to roll out the new licenses in October - but you won't have to get one if your existing license hasn't expired.
Status: Alive and nearly resolved.
MNLARS: After problems with the state's new system for licensing vehicles emerged last summer, lawmakers wanted it fixed and sought answers about who was to blame. Neither have come quick enough. Meanwhile, state officials want $33 million to fix the problems faster; it's unclear if they'll get all that. There are legislative proposals to reimburse local deputy registrars for lost money and talk remains of completely eliminating MN.IT, the state's information technology agency.
Status: Alive, with an uncertain future.
Dave Orrick, Tad Vezner and Bill Salisbury contributed to this report.