Minnesota lawmakers kicked off the new session Thursday with a sweeping package of unusual legislative priorities.
Members of the newly-elected Minnesota House took the oath of office in a major construction zone Tuesday. The Capitol is shrouded in scaffolding. Lawmakers and their families navigated closed-off hallways and long elevator lines to open the session. The new Republican majority selected Rep. Kurt Daudt as the powerful house speaker.
The top Democrat in the Minnesota House is calling for six House Republicans to cross party lines to support Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal for new income taxes and end a 12-day-old government shutdown.