Gov. Dayton And Legislative Leaders Discuss Special Session For Flood Relief

By KBJR News 1

July 11, 2012 Updated Jul 11, 2012 at 5:42 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Minnesota lawmakers are expected to head back to the capitol soon for a Special Session aimed at alleviating some of the damages caused by the flood of the century.

Governor Mark Dayton met with legislative leaders Wednesday to discuss tentative plans.

LeAnn Wallace reports.

Governor Dayton met with GOP legislative leaders Wednesday to discuss plans for a Special Session.

The two sides agreed that the damage to the flood ravaged areas of Northern Minnesota warrants state funding.

But many of the details of that special session will be in limbo until FEMA wraps up its damage assessment.

"When there's a disaster, you know, we're not Republicans or Democrats. We're all Minnesotans," said Gov. Dayton - DFL.

"You look at the devastation to the roads, and the water, the path that it took. To the Governor's point, it's a nonpartisan path," said House Majority Leader Kurt Zellers - R.

Legislative leaders and the governor both said they'll discourage lawmakers from straying from disaster relief.

They said to use the special session for other issues would be a disservice to the victims.

The Special Session is tentatively scheduled for the end of August.