Dayton, legislative leaders to meet the press

Gov. Mark Dayton and the four top legislative leaders for 2013 sit down at the same table Monday, perhaps they only time they will do that for some time.

They will answer questions from Minnesota reporters for an hour, and Senate Media Services will provide a live stream on line for the public at www.senate.mn/media.

Joining Dayton will be House Speaker-designate Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis; Senate Majority Leader-elect Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook; House Minority Leader-elect Kurt Daudt, R-Crown; and Senate Minority Leader-elect David Hann, R-Eden Prairie.

The tradition of the five leaders meeting the press to preview the upcoming legislative session goes back years, with one noteworthy exception. Two years ago Dayton was involved in an election recount with Republican Tom Emmer and the outcome was not known early enough to schedule the briefing.

This year’s briefing will be different than most, with Dayton and the House and Senate leaders all Democrats. That has not happened in more than two decades.

The legislative session begins at noon Jan. 8.

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