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Gov. Hopeful Thompson Leaves Senate Leadership Post

State Sen. Dave Thompson says he’s giving up his leadership post in the Minnesota Senate because of his candidacy for governor. Thompson resigned as assistant minority leader in a Wednesday letter to top Republican senators.

07/03/2013

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Senate Sets Aside $500K To Defend Brodkorb Case

The Minnesota Senate is setting aside a half-million dollars for future legal costs as it fights a federal lawsuit of a former senior aide. The allowance is part of a new Senate budget for 2014, when Michael Brodkorb’s lawsuit is due for trial.

06/26/2013

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Minn. Senate Legal Costs In Brodkorb Case: $226K

State legal expenses associated with former Senate aide Michael Brodkorb’s lawsuit now top $226,000. The Minnesota Senate is paying a private firm to fight claims it mishandled Brodkorb’s termination. The latest $27,700 invoice was made public Wednesday and covers expenses from February through April.

06/12/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Near Finish With Tax Hike Votes

A few final debates echoed through the state Capitol Monday, as lawmakers haggled over tax increases and union organizing in a session that’s already seen a big spike in spending on schools and a landmark law legalizing gay marriage.

05/20/2013

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Minn. Senate Rejects Tax Judge At Dayton Request

The Minnesota Senate has voted unanimously to reject the confirmation of a Minnesota Tax Court judge who is facing suspension and censure. The Senate voted Monday against the continued service of Judge George Perez.

05/20/2013

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School Bully Bill Stumbles At Minn. Legislature

Supporters of legislation to crack down on bullying in schools are vowing to press on next year after their bill got held up in the Minnesota Senate. A few dozen supporters of the bill gathered at the Capitol Monday.

05/20/2013

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Vote On $800M Construction Bill May Come Friday

The Minnesota House plans a Friday debate an $800 million construction projects bill that can’t pass without Republican votes.

05/15/2013

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Minn. Senate Passes Stripped-Down Gun Bill

The Minnesota Senate has approved scaled-back revisions to state gun laws that do not include an expansion of background checks for gun purchases. The Senate approved the bill Wednesday on a 58-9 vote.

05/15/2013

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Scaled-Back Gun Bill Headed For Minn. Senate Vote

A significantly scaled back bill to revise Minnesota’s gun laws is headed for a vote in the state Senate, with the blessing of a vocal gun-rights group. The proposal was revised Tuesday to remove language that could be construed as expanded background checks or limitations on lawful gun transactions.

05/14/2013

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Minn. Senate Votes ‘Yes’ On Gay Marriage Bill

The Minnesota Senate voted Monday to make gay marriage legal, the last legislative step before Gov. Mark Dayton’s promised signature will make the state the 12th in the U.S. to do so.

05/13/2013

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Minn. Senate Defeats GOP Change To Marriage Bill

The Minnesota Senate has defeated an amendment to the gay marriage bill offered by Republicans that would have beefed up protections for people with religious objections.

05/13/2013

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Minn. Senate Readies For Gay Marriage Vote

Minnesota’s Senate is scheduled to debate and vote Monday on a bill to add the state to the growing list of those that allow gay marriage. It’s the last step before Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who has promised to sign legislation.

05/12/2013

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Pat Kessler Answers Your FAQs About Gay Marriage

The Capitol hallways echoed Thursday night with thunderous chants. And by Friday, WCCO viewers are asking a lot of questions after the House voted to legalize same sex marriage. A common question: What’s next? The same sex marriage bill now heads to the Minnesota Senate, where it is expected to pass. The governor says he will sign It, and as early as Tuesday.

05/10/2013

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Minn. Senate Next Stop For Gay Marriage Bill

Supporters already are celebrating the Minnesota House’s passage of a measure to legalize gay marriage, but there are a few more steps before it gets to Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk. The state Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill Monday, and leaders expect it to pass there too.

05/10/2013

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Minn. Senate Approves Bumping Minimum Wage

The Minnesota Senate is ready to vote on a bill to bump up the state’s minimum wage, although not as fast as House lawmaking counterparts want.

05/08/2013

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