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Legislative road trip: House headed to SE Minnesota

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It’s been more than 30 years since the House of Representatives got together as a body in Winona.

The town along the Mississippi River is scheduled to host more than 100 members for a three-day mini-session beginning Wednesday.

“In addition to welcoming citizen participation in the State Capitol in St. Paul, the Legislature should go out into communities across the state,” House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) said in a statement. “This year we held more than 10 House committee field hearings that took place during the 2019 regular session. The mini-session is a continuation of our effort to make the Legislature more accessible and responsive to Minnesotans.”

Members will not be together in one place, save for a pair of evening receptions. Rather, many committees and divisions plan to discuss issues at locations across southeast Minnesota, including Austin, Caledonia, Preston, Rochester, Rushford Township and Winona.


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