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Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk tells reporters Friday night, Aug. 16, 2013, that during the weekend that legislative and governor staff members will see if there is a way to transfer money for disaster relief so a special session can be avoided. Watching are Republican leaders Kurt Daudt, left, and David Hann. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Leaders change direction: Try to avoid special session

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton talked for days about the need to hold a special session to help communities recover from late-June floods and storms, but Friday night decided to look at ways to provide money short of calling all 201 legislators back to St. Paul.

However, if a special session is needed, four legislative leaders and Dayton agreed it would be Sept. 9.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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