Lawmakers expect quick, aggressive legislative session

By KBJR News 1

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota lawmakers headed back to the Capitol Tuesday for the start of a jam-packed 88th legislative session.

The House and Senate convened at noon.

The biggest priority this session is approving a proposed one billion dollar bonding bill to fund construction projects.

Other issues expected to be tackled include repealing business to business taxes and legalizing medical marijuana.

Lawmakers all agree there is a lot to do in a relatively short amount of time.

"You know a lot of folks have us done by the end of April, which would be a good thing. The entire House is up, the constitutional officers are up (for election), I think they're better off getting out of this building and talking to people. But if we go until May 19th, the constitutional adjournment date, that's only two and a half months," said Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth).

"That's the way the Government Works. There's a process. It's long and slow for a reason. We'll get some good things accomplished, hopefully, including an aggressive bonding bill," said Rep. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth).

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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