Furor over amendment language could complicate a special session

Governor Dayton is expected to call legislators back to St. Paul this summer to allocate money for flood-stricken counties. But now it appears a special session might not be that simple. Some Republican lawmakers say they're putting together legislation that would prevent the Secretary of State from making planned changes to the language of Constitutional amendments on the ballot.
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Governor Dayton is expected to call legislators back to St. Paul this summer to allocate money for flood-stricken counties. But now it appears a special session might not be that simple. Some Republican lawmakers say they're putting together legislation that would prevent the Secretary of State from making planned changes to the language of Constitutional amendments on the ballot.

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