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Beyond the budget 2013

The path through any budget session leads to a negotiating table at which the governor and legislative leaders work out the most politically palatable taxing and spending deal they can muster. But the budget is never the only game in town. Before the session endgame gets played out, a network of committees will play host to various and sundry dramas involving policy issues before state government.

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MSOP task force will force Legislature’s hand

Sex offenders will be on the policy agenda when the Legislature convenes in January. Whether legislators want to deal with the politically volatile issue or not, the actions of a court-mandated task force examining the state’s troubled civil commitment program ensures that they will be compelled to address the subject.

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DFL majorities pick their leaders

Close on the heels of Tuesday’s election, members of the new DFL House and Senate majorities gathered behind closed doors on Thursday to elect their leaders. As expected, the minority leaders who helped steer Democrats back into control — Rep. Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, and Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook — were elevated to House speaker and Senate majority leader.

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Former Chief Justice Eric Magnuson will lead sex offender task force

Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson will lead a 15-member task force charged with recommending reforms for the troubled Minnesota Sex Offender Program. The panel stems from an order in a class-action lawsuit challenging the terms of confinement for more than 650 individuals who are indefinitely detained at facilities in Moose Lake and St. Peter.

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