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Minnesota legislators headed toward chaotic and partisan finish of 2024 session

The Minnesota Legislature's 2024 session was headed toward a chaotic and partisan finish on Sunday, as Democrats rushed to pass several major bills - at times cutting off debate to do so - and Republicans bemoaned that they were shut out of the process.

With just hours left before their midnight deadline, the DFL-controlled House passed a bill setting minimum pay standards for Uber and Lyft drivers that would prevent the companies from leaving parts of the state. The House also passed an expansive equal rights ballot initiative that would ask Minnesota voters if they want to enshrine equal rights and abortion protections into the state Constitution in 2026.

Democrats in the Senate had yet to take up either of those priority bills as of 7 p.m. Sunday. And it appeared unlikely that lawmakers would pass a bonding bill to fund state infrastructure projects or legislation to legalize sports betting.


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