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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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Senate Panel Passes Wolf Hunt Moratorium 7-6

Opponents of wolf hunting win a victory as a Minnesota Senate panel votes 7-6 for a five-year moratorium on future wolf seasons. Wolf hunting opponents argued before the Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Thursday that the state acted too hastily when it decided to resume sport hunting and trapping after the region's wolves came off the endangered list early last year.

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Mayo Bill Pauses as Key Lawmaker Doubts Financing

A key Minnesota lawmaker says a bill committing the state to aid in a massive Mayo Clinic expansion project needs a considerable makeover to get through her House committee.

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UPDATE: Minnesota House, Senate Panels Approve Same-Sex Marriage Bill

A Minnesota Senate committee has approved a bill that would legalize gay marriage in the state. The bill was endorsed Tuesday on a 5 to 3 party-line vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposed.

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Bill Aims to Back State Off on Chili Cook-Offs

Crosslake citizens say unnecessary health regulations have hurt their annual chili cook-off, and a state lawmaker has the fix. Rep. Joe Radinovich, a freshman Democrat from nearby Crosby, introduced a bill Monday that would ease state health regulations on soup and chili cook-offs.

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