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Lawmakers, Gov. don't agree on special session, may not need one

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Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders met for an hour behind closed doors on Friday, but did not agree on the terms of a special session for Sept. 9, and may have concluded that one might not be necessary at all.

They were eyeing to meet to pass state disaster aid for areas hit hard by June storms, as KSTP-TV reports, and possibly to repeal a recently enacted sales tax on farm equipment.

The governor gave top lawmakers until Friday, Aug. 16, to come to an agreement.

But the lawmakers said after the meeting they might not need a special session, according to KARE 11. They're researching whether leftover funds from previous disasters could be reallocated in order to save the expense of calling the entire Legislature into session.

“A special session is expensive,” said Senate Minority Leader David Hann tells Politics in Minnesota. “If there is a way to do it without a special session we want to fully explore that.”

Legislative leaders and Dayton plan to meet again next week in an attempt to determine how to pay for the proposed tax repeals, reports KARE 11, though House Speaker Paul Thissen said that might even require a special session.

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