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20 years later, state-tribal gaming compacts still produce friction

The compacts that regulate Indian-run gambling in the state never came up for a vote in the Minnesota Legislature. In fact, the whole affair happened rather quietly.

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Lobbyists got more gray hairs than victories in 2011 session

At the close of a news conference in July called by Republican legislative leaders to discuss the $11 billion health and human services bill, former DFL House Speaker Bob Vanasek offered some pointed criticism to Republicans David Hann and Jim Abeler from the back of the room.

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ALEC’s influence surges in Minnesota

During the early part of her two-plus decades in the state Legislature, retired Republican Sen. Pat Pariseau remembers being just one of a handful of Minnesota legislators who could call themselves members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

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Major legislative initiatives that stalled out in Session ’11

Several high-profile Republican pet projects have faded amid a particularly contentious budget battle, including a repeal of the nuclear construction moratorium, pension reforms, corporate income tax cuts and slots at racetracks.

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Gambling bills may be headed for photo finish

In previous legislative sessions, proposals to expand gambling have attracted more support from Republicans than DFLers. Given Minnesota's $5 billion state budget deficit and the new Republican majorities in the House and Senate, gambling proposals would seem to stand a much-improved chance of landing on the governor's desk as part of a budget agreement.

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Bill would transfer $50M burden to workers

Senate Government Innovation and Veterans Chairman Mike Parry, R-Waseca, has sidestepped the traditional route for pension legislation - which runs through the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement (LCPR) - and placed on the fast track a proposal to shift more of the cost of pensions onto workers. His move seems all the more bold in light of the fact that the House has not introduced a companion measure, and at least one influential House Republican on pension issues has expressed significant reservations.

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