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GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Harris will be coming to Minnesota following President Joe Biden's State of the Union address next week.
Gov. Tim Walz on Friday, Feb. 3, signed into law a bill establishing a Juneteenth holiday in Minnesota.
After swift early action on abortion and climate legislation, Democrats are starting work on another of their priorities: creating new laws aimed at curbing gun violence.
Similar legislation is pending in the Senate and also has the backing of Secretary of State Steve Simon.

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While Minnesota has symbolically recognized Juneteenth in the past, a bill would cement it as an official paid holiday for state employees.
Lawmakers asked for a review amid an investigation of the nonprofit Feeding Our Future. Employees and others are accused of using $250 million intended for meal programs for real estate and travel.
The standard now awaits a signature from Gov. Tim Walz, who said he supports the legislation.
The CROWN Act adds natural hairstyles and textures to the definition of race in the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
"We agreed to cooperate," Biden's personal lawyer, Bob Bauer, said in a statement on Wednesday, Feb. 1, saying more information would be released after the search was concluded.
Democrats fast-tracked through the Legislature the Protect Reproductive Options Act, or PRO Act, which supports existing constitutional protections for abortion in Minnesota.

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Under the proposal the nine tribal nations, two horse racing tracks and professional sports teams could offer or expand onsite sports gambling.
The “Driver’s Licenses For All” bill would remove the requirement for license applicants to provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence.
The Detroit Lakes City Council acted in part to meet a Jan. 31 deadline and keep its options open, and local voters must approve the new tax.

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