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Minnesota Lawmakers Mull Substitute to Voter ID Plan

Some Republican lawmakers say they are open to considering a technology-driven alternative to a proposed constitutional amendment to require voters to bring photo IDs to the polls.

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Deadly Force Bill Now on Fast Track to Governor Dayton

A bill that would allow citizens more freedom to use deadly force is now on a fast track to Gov. Mark Dayton. The Senate passed the bill Thursday with bipartisan support in a 40-23 vote after heated debate.

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Minnesota Senate Sends Teacher Testing Bill to Governor

The Senate has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill requiring teachers to pass a skills test. The bill requires Minnesota teachers to pass a basic skills test in reading, writing and math before they receive a teaching license.

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Union Fight Brews With Right-To-Work Push in Minnesota

The push is on to make Minnesota a state where union membership is optional at companies that have unions. Several Republicans proposed Thursday to add a so-called right to work provision to the state constitution.

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Gottwalt: New Technology Would Save State Money [AUDIO]

When Republican lawmakers rolled out their agenda for the upcoming state legislative session yesterday (Thursday), one of the areas they targeted was stricter requirements for people on public assistance.

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Banaian: Don’t Eliminate State Worker Payouts [AUDIO]

Minnesota lawmakers are floating the idea of eliminating payouts to state workers for unused sick and vacation time. Republican State Representative King Banaian is also a state employee -- he's a professor at St. Cloud State University. He says that benefit should not be eliminated.

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Some New, Some Familiar Ideas Top GOP Agenda

Minnesota Republicans are striking some familiar themes for reshaping state government - and adding a few new ones to push in a legislative session that begins next week.

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2012 Legislative Session Could End in April

Minnesota House Republicans say they'll aim for an April conclusion to the 2012 legislative session, which would make it the earliest finish in more than a decade.

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Minnesota Budget Forecast Likely to be More Bad News

Minnesota lawmakers are braced for bad news with Thursday's release of a state economic forecast. Expectations at the Capitol are for somewhere between $500 million to $1 billion in red ink in the state general fund.

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Minnesota Legislature Examines Child Care Union Push

Republicans who have questioned the legitimacy and rationale for a union election affecting thousands of child-care providers are airing their concerns in a Minnesota House committee hearing.

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