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Early tensions emerge as Minnesota lawmakers convene 2024 legislative session

DFLers at the State Capitol have less money to spend this year than last

Minnesota lawmakers embraced after months apart, posed for selfies on the first day of session and promised a quieter year than 2023, when Democrats in control passed sweeping policy changes and the largest two-year budget in state history.

But ceremony quickly turned into debate over policy issues, a preview of partisan conflicts ahead in a short, election-year legislative session.

"Summer vacation is over, we're back to work," DFL Speaker Melissa Hortman said on the House floor, moments after Republicans criticized Democrats for holding an out-of-session hearing on a bill that would allow terminally ill Minnesotans to use medication to end their lives.


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