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Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 21, June 1, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 21, June 1, 2007
Features a First Reading story about the drama and suspense that marked the closing of the 2007 session; a Feature: Vets find place to connect at college centers; a Feature: Preparations for 2010 census have begun; an At Issue: Economic development law to provide help for job seekers; an At Issue: Special education gets help this session; an At Issue: Additional money seeks to keep tuition increases down; an At Issue: Many transportation initiatives fail to become law; an At Issue: Governor, legislative leaders disagree on E-12 package quality; an At Issue: Key provision leads to omnibus tax bill veto; Resources: Governor's Desk; the Minnesota Index: 2007 Session; and more.


Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 20, May 18, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 20, May 18, 2007
Features a First Reading story about how legislators look for compromise with the governor; a Feature about an aerospace program for kids gets the state's attention; an At Issue about the Next Generation Energy Act that proposes a trio of aggressive reforms; an At Issue about how the drinking water issue gets dirty; a Feature: Symbols capture the essence of the state; Resources: the Governor's Log; the Minnesota Index: Educating Minnesota; and more.


Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 19, May 11, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 19, May 11, 2007
Features First Reading story about how supporters hold out hope for environment and arts dedicated funding; a Feature about balancing the frenzied work of the House with that of being a spouse, partner and parent; an At Issue about the game and fish bill which now includes an even broader array of subjects; an At Issue about how the higher education bill gets a failing grade; an At Issue about how the omnibus health and human services finance bill was vetoed; an At Issue about how the multi-billion dollar public safety funding bill survives possible veto; an At Issue about how the omnibus transportation finance package includes gas tax increase; Resources: Come to the Capitol; the Minnesota Index: Hook, line and sinker; and more.


Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 18, May 4, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 18, May 4, 2007
Features a First Reading story about nursing homes struggle to stay alive; an At Issue about a bill that just about everyone loves; an At Issue about how the future of a capital investment bill is uncertain; an At Issue about the price tag is coming in slightly higher for clean water and renewable energy; an At Issue about how the public safety bill takes a detour to the governor's desk; an At Issue about how Minnesota Grown highlights a growing list of products; an At Issue about the funding for school support staff helps students in need; a Feature about how language immersion programs look to keep the past alive; Resources: Governor's Desk; the Minnesota Index: Use and reuse; and more.


Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 17, April 27, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 17, April 27, 2007
Features a First Reading story about the Legislature's most dreaded four-letter word; an At Issue: health care and human services finance bill would cover all kids; an At Issue: more government online services proposed in state funding bill; an At Issue: omnibus tax bill not well received by minority party; an At Issue: higher education bill includes controversial provision; a Feature: exotic species threaten state ecology, economy; Resources: Minnesota Senate roster and representatives by district; the Minnesota Index: growing organics; and more.


Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 16, April 20, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 16, April 20, 2007
Features A First Reading story about how the Global warming debate has become a partisan issue; At Issue: bipartisan praise for unlikely mix; At Issue: environment, natural resources, energy get attention; At Issue: bills focus is on economic development infrastructure; At Issue: victims' rights, reentry programs anchor public safety bill; At Issue: responsible sex education raises questions; At Issue: cities push state to play broadband catch up; at Issue: another go for medical marijuana; Resources: Minnesota House of Representatives roster; the Minnesota Index: Minnesota’s wild; and more.


Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 15, April 13, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 15, April 13, 2007
Features a First Reading story about making Minnesota a veteran-friendly state; an At Issue: Bill would increase funding for clean water, renewable energy; an At Issue: One-time funding for homeless programs raises concern; an At Issue: Bill seen as a good first step toward policy change; an At Issue: The reality of reentry for offenders; an At Issue: All-day kindergarten is part of $13.9 billion budget proposal; Resources: How a bill becomes law; Governor’s Desk: Tracking new laws, vetoes; the Minnesota Index: The State of Hockey; and more.


Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 13, March 30, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 13, March 30, 2007
Features a First Reading story about mental illness and breaking the barrier of silence; an At Issue: Ag's omnibus proposal is more than corn and beans; an At Issue: Helping the littlest learners; an At Issue: Renewable power gets a boost in energy finance bill; an At Issue: Property tax reform ideas showcase ideas; an At Issue: Public safety bill proposes victim support; the Minnesota Index: Blood donation; and more.


Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 12, March 23, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 12, March 23, 2007
Features A First Reading story about how declining student enrollment plays havoc with budgets; an At Issue: Route to smooth roads could be bumpy; the Minnesota Index: Baby goes goo-goo ga-ga; and more.




Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 11, March 16, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 11, March 16, 2007
Features a First Reading story about how the non-elected, MAC and Met Council's combined $900 million budget draws concern; an At Issue: Technology's role could increase in elections; the Minnesota Index: No working for a livin'; and more.




Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 10, March 9, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 10, March 9,2007
Features a First Reading story about nondenominational prayer — reaching out to all; a People feature on House Chaplain Rev. Paul Rogers who spreads the Word; an At Issue: Ideas to put the state's roads into forward gear; an At Issue: E-mail and other new technology presents new problems; the Minnesota Index: Is there a doctor in the House?; and more.




Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 9, March 2, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 9, March 2,2007
Features a First Reading story about the 'Rules' of Engagement: the struggle to bridge the partisan divide; new member profiles of Reps. Knuth, Kranz and Tschumper; the Minnesota Index: Incarcerated information; and more.





Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 8, February 23, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 8, February 23,2007
Features a First Reading story about Local Government Aide — the great equalizer; new member profiles of Reps. Morgan and Swails; the Minnesota Index: Paying for post-secondary schooling; and more.




Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 7, February 16, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 7, February 16,2007
Features a First Reading story about how cleaner energy is coming — some say it’s too much, too soon; a Process sidebar: Committee deadlines set; new member profiles of Reps. Berns and Gardner; a Fifty States feature: Politicians access Super Bowl tickets; the Minnesota Index: The friendly skies; and more.




Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 6, February 9, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 6, February 9,2007
Features a First Reading story about finding a home for the homeless; New member profiles of Reps. Masin, Morrow, Slocum and Winkler; Minnesota Index: Minnesota Nonprofits; and more.




Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 5, February 2, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 5, February 2,2007
Features a First Reading story about how managing the state's water resources is a complicated process; an At Issue feature about how consolidating services could save state dollars; a feature about how the State needs a poet to "free to write rhyming lines"; New members profiles of Reps. Anderson, Benson, Faust and Laine; Late Action: Freedom to Breathe Act on its way; the Minnesota Index: Water and watersheds; and more.


Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 4, January 26, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 4, January 26,2007
Features a First Reading story about how members are reacting to the governor's budget proposal; an At Issue feature: Will there be enough in the coffers to pay the pensions?; an At Issue about a bill that calls for mandatory seat belt usage; new member profiles of Reps. Bunn, Gottwalt, Madore, Murphy, Olin, Tillberry, Ward, Wollschlager; Resources: House and Senate members by district; the Minnesota Index: Minnesota Teachers; and more.


Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 3, January 18, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 3, January 18,2007
Features a First Reading story about how the budget surplus provides budgeting flexibility; Resources: Roster of Minnesota House of Representatives; an At Issue feature about how Gov. Pawlenty stresses education reform in his State of the State address; a feature about how renovating the Capitol could be a costly venture; an At Issue feature about how the scope of the project can change after a bonding year; a feature about how an authors' words provide substance for the bill's sponsors; Resources: How a Bill Becomes A Law; Resources: Tracking bills is just a mouse click away; People: New members profiles of Reps. Brown, Brynaert, Doty, Dettmer, Dominguez and Kalin; the Minnesota Index: State Government; and more.


Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 2, January 12, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 2, January 12,2007
Features a First Reading story about how the first bills reflect the majority’s agenda; Resources: Contact information for constitutional officers; an At Issue feature about how House leaders differ on the value of more committees; Resources: Committee names, numbers, meeting dates and times; New member profiles of Reps. Anzelc, Bigham, Bly, McFarlane, Norton and Shimanski; a feature on the how the YMCA Youth in Government program takes over the Capitol; Notes: A bill banning mean people; the Minnesota Index: Minnesota Adoption; and more.


Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 1, January 5, 2007   
Session Weekly, Volume 24, Issue 1, January 5,2007
Features A First Reading story about how election turnover has brought a new agenda; a People story about Rep. Kelliher’s pledge of bipartisanship as she takes over as House speaker; Resources: Caucuses name their leaders; Resources: Contact information for constitutional officers; a Feature about how the Legislative session began for 134 House members; a picture page: Welcome to the House — the Opening Day; a Feature: New House members focus on bipartisanship, moderation; Resources: Where to find what at the House; Resources: Members have new offices, phone numbers; Resources: From Web to newsmagazine, information abounds; Resources: Come to the Capitol — directions, parking tours and more; a Feature: State Fair poll shows strong support for statewide smoking ban; the Minnesota Index: Minnesota House 2007; and more.

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