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House votes to put gay marriage ban on the ballot

After five hours of emotional debate, the House voted to place a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on the 2012 ballot. The amendment – which previously passed the state Senate on a largely party-line vote – passed off of the House floor on a 70-62 vote Saturday evening. Four Republicans voted against the amendment, with two DFLers crossing over to vote for the measure.

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One budget target emerges: HMOs

Since the beginning of February, at least 11 bills have been introduced with the purpose of providing greater accountability or reducing payments to the state's health maintenance organizations. Currently, the state's nonprofit health plans receive roughly $3 billion annually to provide coverage to more than 500,000 of the state's poorest residents.

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House DFL announces minority leads

Thissen said the caucus was concerned about the slimmed-down committee roster Republicans put in place upon regaining control of the House and the committee leads are intended to maintain attention on some key issues.

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