Records Smashed

The 85th Legislature’s two-year run ended with a record number of bills introduced. Representatives introduced 4,256 bills while senators filed 3,895 bills, even though there are half as many senators as House members.

Session Winding Down

Tax breaks and a park. A balanced budget and health-care reform. More education money and improved nursing home funding. Those are among issues Minnesota lawmakers were expected to approve during a rare Sunday session as they wrapped up the 2008 Legislature. The 201 legislators were to end their years work by midnight, following more than…
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It’s Almost Over

Legislators needed a couple of hours to sleep on a preliminary deal (as Rep. Morrie Lanning of Moorhead demonstrates, above) but this afternoon the final deal was reached. Read the details.

Biding Time

As closed-door budget talks dragged on Saturday and early this morning, rank-and-file legislators found a variety of ways to stay busy. Some watched sports games on their computers, others slept. Still others goofed around in the House chamber. And then there were Reps. Frank Moe of Bemidji and Pat Garofalo of Farmington. They took turns…
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Thanks, Mom

Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, opened the House session today with prayer. But, first, he explained that he called his mother, a Democrat, to let her know he would offer the opening prayer. Her reaction upon hearing the news? "Oh, dear." "With that vote of confidence, let’s pray," Hamilton said.