New legislative leadership plans to leave Constitution alone

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Incoming DFL leaders at the Capitol say they will not push for changes to the Minnesota Constitution. Over the last two years Republicans suggested several Constitutional amendments, including two that were rejected by voters this month. The new Senate Majority Leader, Tom Bakk, tells the Associated Press he thinks the Constitution has been abused some in recent years and he will not suggest any new amendments.

Analysis of what led to the defeat of the amendments that would have defined marriage as an opposite sex union and required a photo ID to vote is still coming in. Backers of both tell the Grand Rapids Herald-Review they'll try again to get the measures passed.

While some Republicans expected the presence of the amendments on the ballot would mobilize their supporters, it instead seems to have motivated their opponents to turn out. The Star Tribune's Lori Sturdevant found that in precincts around college campuses voter turnout was much higher than two years ago.

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Governor complains about legislature's push for constitutional amendments

Governor Mark Dayton says legislators should engage in 'give and take' instead of going around him with constitutional amendments. He says he's most concerned about measures that take away people's rights. The legislature approved a measure to let voters decide on same-sex marriage. Both houses have also approved voter I.D. amendment bills. Some lawmakers are pushing for a amendment to ban mandatory union membership.

More questions could be headed to Minnesota's 2012 ballot

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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.