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The Latest: Minnesota Legislature Meets in Special Session

Here are the latest notes from today's special session at the capitol:

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Dayton Ties Special Session To Restoring Auditor Functions

Gov. Mark Dayton says he won't call a special session until lawmakers agree to repeal changes chipping away at the state auditor's authority.

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Repeal of Minnesota Campaign Giving Law Renders Lawsuit Moot

A lawyer for a group challenging Minnesota restrictions on certain campaign donations has advised a federal judge that the case can be dismissed following changes to the state law made by the Legislature.

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After Dayton Vetoes, State Leaders Start Search For Way Out

Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt say they're both pushing for a quick special session to finish work on the next state budget.

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New Law Soon To Require Farmers To Add 50-Foot Buffer Between Crops and Public Lakes

A new state law is waiting for Governor Dayton's approval which will require farmers to install a 50-foot buffer between their crops and public lakes, streams and ditches. A conservation buffer is an area of permanent vegetation that helps control pollutants and manage other environmental concerns before they hit the water.

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Deadline Budget Rush Leaves Out Money For Critical Staff

The rush to Monday's budget-setting deadline has a price. A budget bill for jobs and energy programs left out funding for state employees who review health insurance rates. Those staff members have been paid with federal funds that expire in September, leaving the state with the tab.

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Moving Parts, Dwindling Time Mark Legislature’s Budget Push

More pieces of Minnesota's next budget are falling into place. They affect poultry farmers battling the bird flu, college students seeking a financial lift, the upkeep of public parks and much more.

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Negotiators Still Hashing Out Budget Deal As Deadline Nears

Minnesota's legislative leaders have promised they're making progress on a budget deal. Now they have something to show for it.

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Steven Wright
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Tuition Freeze’s Fate Uncertain at Capitol This Year

Students at Minnesota's public colleges may have to brace for a tuition bump. Tuition freezes at the state's two postsecondary systems got bipartisan support the last time lawmakers set a budget. But legislators' appetites seem to have waned a bit this year.

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Beneath Budget Dispute, A Tussle Over Regulatory Power

Minnesota legislative Republicans are moving to strip powers from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, ranging from limiting his team's authority to write regulatory rules to curbs on staffing.

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