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Sen. Koch At The Capitol: ‘It’s Good To Be Back’

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ST. PAUL (WCCO) — The 2012 Legislative Session opened Tuesday with the usual pomp and circumstance. But this session promises to be anything but normal with high-profile issues, like job creation and a new Vikings stadium on tap.

Tuesday also saw the return to the Capitol of former Senate Leader Amy Koch.

She stepped down from her leadership position after it was revealed she had an inappropriate relationship with a Senate staffer.

Koch was in seclusion for weeks, and hasn’t faced her fellow Senators since she quit her job as Majority Leader after admitting she’d had an inappropriate relationship with a male staffer.

She could not escape the spotlight Tuesday as she reported for the 2012 session.

Getting a warm reception from fellow Senators who welcomed her back to the Capitol, this time without power.

She still hasn’t answered questions about the relationship, including who it is, whether it continues and whether there is any legal action pending.

But Koch said she’s trying to get back to work for her Buffalo area district.

“It’s good to be back,” she said.

Still no word from Democrats, if they intend to file an ethics complaint against Koch, for “bringing the Senate into disrepute.” And still no word about legal action from the Senate staffer involved in that relationship.

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