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Gov. Mark Dayton joined iron workers in northeast Minnesota on Monday rallying against the alleged over-saturation of the US steel market by foreign countries.
Sellers and consultants say the industry is banking on future growth.
The measure, which was the product of extensive negotiations and concessions aimed at allaying the shared concerns of the law enforcement lobby and Gov. Mark Dayton, is the most restrictive in the country.
In one of the compromises between the Senate and the House versions, the deal allows for the establishment of two medical marijuana manufacturers and eight distribution sites across the state.
Aside from their sudden velocity and a good amount of attention from leadership, advocates and the press, the two proposals shared little in common at the start of the session’s last week.
The subject targets, ranging from higher education to health and human services, signal that an overall deal on specific projects and policies is close.
It's two against one for Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, when it comes to medical marijuana.
The House overwhelmingly passed a limited measure Friday evening to provide people ailed by certain, strictly defined conditions access to medical marijuana at a small number of distribution sites in the state. After an afternoon of debate, a swath of Republicans joined Democrats in moving the proposal forward 86-39.
The legislation would cut an estimated $103 million in revenue during the current biennium, with an out-biennium tax reduction of $118 million for 2016-2017. An initially slow-moving conference committee, kept many of the House's property tax cut proposals intact, but drifted closer to the Senate tax reduction target.
Former Republican House Rep. Marty Seifert, who is still competing against a field of GOP contenders to take on Gov. Mark Dayton, will start running ads this week. Dayton Campaign Manager Katharine Tinucci said it's not time yet for the governor to run ads.
The bill would allow children and certain adults with severe illnesses -- more restrictive than a different proposal that has stalled in the House -- to ingest and vaporize marijuana as part of clinical trials. The Senate version, which has been moving with more force, is more permissive. The proposals will travel in earnest on Friday into next week.
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