ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democrats are raising a stink that a measure to protect residents’ internet privacy isn’t part of the next budget.

A move in Congress earlier this year to loosen regulations allowing internet providers to sell customers’ data sparked the issue in Minnesota.

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The House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to ban that data collection last month.

But the measures were absent Monday from budget bills as the Legislature raced toward a midnight deadline. Democrats tried and failed to add it back in to several funding packages.

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Rep. Paul Thissen of Minneapolis says it’s unconscionable that a measure that won almost unanimous support would be removed.

Republicans who control the Legislature had previously said they were trying to strike a compromise on the language.

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