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Disaster Relief Passes, Session Over

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Sep 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) - State legislators worked for just over three hours today in special session to pass $4.5 million in disaster relief.

The Minnesota Senate passed a disaster relief bill today just before 12:30 by a unanimous vote, then shortly after adjourned the session. The House followed suit just before 2 pm this afternoon with a passing vote of 127-1 and adjournment.

Governor Dayton is expected to sign the legislation that will represent a 25% match for Federal disaster funds headed to the state after severe storms damaged parts of 18 Minnesota counties in late June.

Disaster relief was the only topic on the agenda. However some leaders did bring up the much-debated subject of repealing a business to business tax, though nothing was moved forward on that end.

In the Senate...majority leader Tom Bakk told the body he cannot promise it will be repealed. Meanwhile Senate Republican David Hann said of the session. "Today was about coming together to give aid to Minnesota communities. I'm also hoping we can come together next session to help hardworking Minnesotans by eliminating taxes proposed and passed by Gov. Dayton and Democrat legislators last session."

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