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MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE

The Iron Range lawmaker's legacy will include a $25 million law that will help fund research of ALS, which he had for the last year of his life.
GOP primaries in Minnesota Senate Districts 4, 5 and 9, and House District 5B, have finalized the legislative candidates for the November election. One senate candidate said he's excited to get out and meet as many residents as possible over the next three months.
Bussman is the endorsed Republican for the seat, besting State Sen. Paul Utke and earning the honor before Dale A. P. Anderson entered the race. And this, despite never before seeking office, save as a member of the board of directors for the Sylvan Shores Property Owners Association.
With the retirement of state Sen. Paul Gazelka this year, Utke is the only incumbent in the newly redrawn district headed toward the Aug. 9 primary and faces two Republican challengers.

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Anderson said his deep local roots stand in contrast to his opponents seeking to be the sole Republican on the Senate District 5 ballot in November.
State Sen. David Tomassoni knows his days are drawing down, yet he'll support and return for a special session if it's called.
Like most people, staff members at Mellow Moods in Detroit Lakes were caught a little off-guard by the new THC-infused edibles law that took effect in Minnesota on July 1, but see it as an important step toward recreational cannabis in Minnesota, one staff member said.
The top priority for Minnesota anti-abortion groups following the overturning of Roe v. Wade is winning elections in November. But even with the state Legislature and governor's office, passing sweeping bans could be a far reach.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is floating a proposal to double the original $500 "Walz checks" he pitched earlier this year. But the odds of that happening appear slim as lawmakers failed to reach a deal to return to the Capitol for a special legislative session.
The Minnesota Legislature ended its regular session in May without making any decisions on how to use a historic 9.25 billion surplus or passing public projects borrowing bill.

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The governor on Thursday told reporters that he remained hopeful about the prospect of a special session but worried that Republican lawmakers had 'buyer's remorse' about a deal they'd struck for $4 billion in tax relief and $4 billion in spending.
Minnesota lawmakers earlier this month approved $25 million to send out the bonus payments to veterans who served during the Global War on Terrorism.
Fifty-seven state lawmakers announced that they would leave their seats due to redistricting, desires to seek another office or for personal reasons. The exits include some of the Capitol's best-known deal makers, opening room for one of the largest crops of new freshman legislators in decades.

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