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As session ends, Legislature leaves much unresolved — but leaders say that could yet change

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A politically neutral pandemic played a big part in plenty being left unfinished when the 2020 legislative session concluded early Monday morning.

As the clock counted down to the midnight deadline to pass legislation, it became more apparent with each tick that partisan politics would again prove too much to overcome for many issues, meaning legislators left the State Capitol with lots still on the plate, including bonding, oversight of federal coronavirus relief funds, housing assistance and tax changes.

“I’m hopeful for the future. If we hadn’t had COVID-19, I think all of those things would have happened at the end,” Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-East Gull Lake) said at a Monday media availability.

The coronavirus changed things in a way nobody had experienced.


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As session ends, Legislature leaves much unresolved — but leaders say that could yet change
A politically neutral pandemic played a big part in plenty being left unfinished when the 2020 legislative session concluded early Monday morning.
House passes omnibus education policy bill that includes anti-vaping measures
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Socially distant but emotionally resonant — retirement speeches highlight friendships, look to future
Monday afternoon marked the end of the 2020 regular legislative session, and the retirements of more than a dozen representatives, who thanked family, House staff, mentors, and friends – especially those in the Legislature.
State of the State: Walz urges Minnesotans to stick together during troubling time
During his annual State of the State address Sunday evening, Walz warned that darker days lie ahead as Minnesotans brave the COVID-19 virus that’s reached across the world and currently has North America in its grip.

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