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Minnesota House Schedules Thursday Gay Marriage Vote

The Minnesota House has scheduled a Thursday debate and floor vote on the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. House DFL leadership announced the plans Tuesday.

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Minnesota House OKs Bill With $150 Million More for College

Minnesota's state House has backed a higher education financing package that architects say will freeze undergraduate tuition at public colleges for two years. The plan passed Thursday by a bipartisan vote of 86-44.

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State Senate Passes Bill Altering Job Applications [AUDIO]

In a nod to second chances, the Minnesota Senate has approved a bill that would bar employers from asking about a person's criminal history on job applications. The bill passed the State Senate 44-16 on Saturday.

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Reworked Mayo Finance Plans Up Local, Private Ante

A reworked proposal for a publicly aided Mayo Clinic expansion plan relies on a heavier local match and requires a bigger private ante before the state of Minnesota chips in. Revisions aired Monday in the Senate Taxes Committee would withhold state dollars until $250 million is spent on upgrading the clinic and associated development around Rochester.

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Minnesota House Could Vote on Wolf Trapping Ban

Wolf hunting opponents plan to make a move in the Minnesota House to stop wolf trapping. Rep. Jason Isaacson, DFL-Shoreview, has authored an amendment to a broad natural resources bill slated to come up on the House floor Thursday.

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Alcohol Tax Hike Will Hit Consumers, Opponents Say

Minnesota brewers and liquor lobbyists say a proposal to boost the state's alcohol taxes could tack $2 onto the cost of a 12-pack. House Democrats have billed a hike in the state's alcohol excise tax - part of a tax package unveiled Monday - as a 7-cent-per-drink increase to help the state pay the social costs of alcoholism.

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Income, Sin Taxes In Minnesota House Democrats Revenue Plan

Minnesota House Democrats are looking to fetch $2.5 billion by raising taxes on people with high incomes, those who smoke and those who drink alcohol. A tax package released Monday boosts those taxes to balance the budget, cut property taxes and increase school aid.

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Senate Tax Chair: New Mayo Funding Plan Needs Work

A top Senate Democrat says the altered funding plan to help the Mayo Clinic expand needs work before moving forward. The Senate Taxes Committee had been set Friday morning to take up the new plan, which replaced a complicated tax capture mechanism with state aid payment system that increases with private contributions.

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House Passes Online Health Insurance Marketplace

The Minnesota House has passed a bill creating an online health insurance marketplace that aims to give at least 1.3 million Minnesotans a new way to purchase coverage. The House passed the bill early Friday on a vote of 72 to 61. Most Democrats backed the bill while Republicans opposed it.

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Senate Panel OKs Gun Bill With Background Checks

A Senate panel has passed a bill that would impose background checks on all gun sales, but that measure has many obstacles to tackle before becoming law in Minnesota. Majority Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday night endorsed the legislation on a 5-3 party-line vote.

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