All Smiles Ahead Of Session

All Smiles Ahead Of Session Click to Enlarge Photo: Kurt Daudt

(AP) - Minnesota's legislative leaders are heading back to the Capitol soon and promise they've put months of contentious legal battles behind them.

But it's clear that lingering disputes could still snag a session already constrained by election-year politics when lawmakers return to St. Paul next week.

Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature's top Republicans and Democrats discussed the upcoming session on Tuesday.

A lawsuit against GOP Sen. Michelle Fischbach's dual role as lieutenant governor looms large.

Fischbach, from Paynesville, is trying to maintain her Senate seat and the GOP's one-seat majority but Democrats argue she must leave the Senate.

A Ramsey County judge dismissed an earlier lawsuit Monday. But Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka expects another legal challenge.

He warns Fischbach's removal could hinder legislative activity.

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