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An artist's drawing shows the back of a proposed new Minnesota legislative office building and the state Capitol across the street. (Minnesota Administration Department drawing)

Minnesota Senate panel approves $77M Senate building

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ST. PAUL -- The new, slimmed-down Senate office building project got the OK from the Senate Rules committee Monday, clearing the way for construction to potentially begin July 1.

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Financing is being held up by an outstanding legal challenge, but Monday’s approval was the last substantive authorization needed for the project.

“Once the lawsuit’s resolved, the building will be ready for construction,” said Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook.

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