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MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE

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Aric Putnam was elected to his second term in the Minnesota Senate in the November general election, which saw the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party flip enough Senate seats from red to blue that the party now controls both houses of the Legislature and saw Gov. Tim Walz win a second term. Putnam will chair the Senate Agriculture Committee
Senator-elect Rob Kupec, DFL-Moorhead, has already participated in DFL Senate caucus functions, voted for his party's leadership, and is ready to head down to St. Paul this January to represent the residents of Clay and Becker Counties following his narrow win over GOP candidate Dan Bohmer on election night.
The last remaining DFLer in the Minnesota House who would oppose codifying abortion protections into law appears to be Winona Rep. Gene Pelowski.
A “5 o'clock somewhere” provision in the law will give Minnesota bars a chance to serve liquor 30 minutes before, during and 30 minutes after the live broadcast of FIFA World Cup matches. Local governments may issue permits to establishments that want to serve during live broadcasts of games.
Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm was central in state efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington, Education Commissioner Heather Mueller and Commissioner of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Mark Phillips are also leaving the cabinet.
Rep. Lisa Demuth, a central Minnesota Republican, will be the first Black woman to lead a caucus in the Minnesota Legislature. Meanwhile, House DFLers announced Thursday night they’d keep Hortman, a representative from Brooklyn Park, as speaker of the House.

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Sen. Kari Dziedzic, DFL-Minneapolis, will lead what the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party says is the "most diverse Senate caucus in Minnesota history" when the party takes complete control over state government at the beginning of 2023.
While Democrats in the House and Senate have not yet rolled out their priorities for the 2023 legislative session, Gov. Tim Walz and prominent DFL lawmakers have already expressed support for legalization.
The lakes area elected three new state senators and three house members to represent west-central Minnesota in St. Paul this January.

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