Minn lawmakers wrap up 2014 legislative session

By KBJR News 1

May 17, 2014 Updated May 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - What shaped up to be a jam packed 2014 Minnesota legislative session is now in the books.

Both chambers wrapped up last night after approving a bill legalizing Medical Marijuana and a one billion dollar public works package.

Members worked quickly to finish ahead of the mandated Monday adjournment.

Lawmakers say, overall, the session was a success, but there's more work to be done.

"There is always things that could have been, should have been," said Rep. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth). "The reality is we were responsive to the budget surplus, I think we managed it well. I think going forward we set some framework for more good work that the legislature can do in subsequent years."

"There are a couple of disappointments in the bonding bill," said Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth). "We didn't receive any funding for the Lake Superior Zoo. That project came forward mid session. It was kind of late to the game."

Sen. Reinert says Sunday liquor sales will be back on the table in the 2015 session.

The Governor and House Representatives are up for election in November.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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