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First committee deadline scuttles many measures

For many lobbyists, working the Legislature is as much about the bills they are able to stop as the bills they are able to pass. That’s why Friday’s final deadline for policy measures to pass through committees in both chambers will be cause for either celebration or relief for Minnesota’s Capitol lobbying corps.

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Utilities brace for 2013 energy-policy battles

The outlook for energy policy is quite different as DFLers get set to take control of both the House and Senate in the 2013 legislative session. Business groups that had pursued an aggressive agenda in the last two years of GOP control will likely adopt a more defensive posture.

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Tax commission, anyone?

Talk of tax reform created a few pariahs during the 2011 session. A handful of moderate Republicans, including Senate Taxes Chairwoman Julianne Ortman and Finance Chairwoman Claire Robling, proposed reviewing the hundreds of tax breaks on state books.

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2012 legislative races start to take shape

Nobody knows what the legislative maps will look like in 2012. The politically charged redistricting process will almost certainly be decided by the courts, most likely in February. But that uncertainty over legislative district boundaries hasn’t stopped numerous challengers on both sides of the aisle from declaring their candidacies.

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