Lawmakers hope to wrap up session before Easter

Legislators are moving fast with big fiscal packages and major policy bills in hopes of heading home early. The reasons are clear, Politics in Minnesota reports. Republicans have faced an onslaught of bad press because of the Michael Brodkorb affair, and many lawmakers will face challenging re-election campaigns because of redistricting.
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Legislators are moving fast with big fiscal packages and major policy bills in hopes of heading home early. The reasons are clear, Politics in Minnesota reports. Republicans have faced an onslaught of bad press because of the Michael Brodkorb affair, and many lawmakers will face challenging re-election campaigns because of redistricting.

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