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SESSION 2015: Lawmakers Have Lots Left To Tackle After Break

Once lawmakers return in early April they'll concentrate on shaping a new two-year budget, but there's much more hanging in the balance. Here's a look at where many issues stand.

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Bills On Bloody Marys, Growlers Open Sunday Sales Debate

Minnesota lawmakers have uncorked a debate over expanded Sunday liquor sales with discussion of limited expansions.

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Capitol Leaders In Talks About Way Out On Pay-Raise Standoff

House Speaker Kurt Daudt says he, Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk are "nearing agreement" on a plan to settle a commissioner pay raise dispute that is holding up an important spending bill.

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Bill Would Have State Chip In For Employee Wellness Programs

Employers chipping in for their workers' gym memberships could get state funding under a new bill at the Legislature.

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House GOP Signals Possible Fight Over Education Funding

Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed funding package for children and education could see some pushback from House Republicans this year.

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Senate Democrats Expand Ed Focus To Counselors, Dual Credit

Democrats in the Minnesota Senate are expanding their focus on education.

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At Capitol, Plans Abound For Addressing Rural Health Care

Minnesota lawmakers want to address a looming shortage of health care professionals.

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Lawmakers: Kids Not Always First In Child Protection System

A group of Minnesota lawmakers wants to change a state child protection system they say has strayed from always putting kids' safety first.A group of Minnesota lawmakers wants to change a state child protection system they say has strayed from always putting kids' safety first.

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Big Gap In Road-Fixing Plans Means Bigger Fight At Capitol

A wide gulf between how Republicans, Democrats and advocacy groups want to pay for road and bridge repairs will make it one of the biggest fights at the Legislature.

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LEGISLATURE ’15: Things To Know As Lawmakers Return

An altered power structure, new faces, old fights and an unrecognizable Capitol building will shape the Legislature's 2015 session.

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