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Renewable energy program generates rate controversy

Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration and a host of rural economic development interests are hoping to boost the amount of renewable energy produced by farmers, homeowners and assorted small businesses. But that goal is running into a controversy over the rate at which those producers are paid for the power they generate, and just how much power they can sell to utilities.

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Rising GOP tide lifted some lobbyists’ boats

Members of the Capitol lobbying corps could have been excused for thinking they were in the wrong building at the start of the 2011 legislative session. A new administration and 60 new legislators took office in St. Paul, and a new complement of Republican leaders and chairs took the place of DFLers in both legislative chambers. The Capitol building itself was just about the only thing that resembled the state of affairs from the prior year.

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HMO competitive bidding bill dropped from committee agenda

The agenda for Tuesday's gathering of the House Civil Law Committee initially included a bill mandating that competitive bidding be utilized in awarding contracts for the state's managed care programs. It also would require that the state regularly audit such programs and that they utilize Generally Accepted Accounting Principals in maintaining their books.

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Bills aim to reset child custody rules

Rep. Torrey Westrom began Tuesday's meeting of the House Civil Law Committee with an unusual admonition. He asked audience members to refrain from booing, clapping or sighing during testimony. Westrom also noted that security officers would be stopping by to monitor the hearing room in the State Office Building.

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GOP legislators launch tort reform push

"Interlocutory appeal" is not exactly the most glamorous issue on which to focus at the start of a legislative career. But that's the arcane subject of Rep. Doug Wardlow's first bill introduction during his rookie term at the Capitol.

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