Lawmakers to meet Tuesday to start work on flood relief bill

Key lawmakers and members of Governor Dayton's staff will start laying the groundwork for a special session to provide aid to flooded counties. The federal government will reimburse three-fourths of the rebuilding costs incurred by 13 counties that have been declared disaster areas. The state will likely pick up the rest.
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Key lawmakers and members of Governor Dayton's staff will start laying the groundwork for a special session to provide aid to flooded counties. The federal government will reimburse three-fourths of the rebuilding costs incurred by 13 counties that have been declared disaster areas. The state will likely pick up the rest.

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