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Lawmakers pick up pace


ST. PAUL - The Minnesota legislative pace picked up in recent days, so much so that it felt more like the frenzied end of session.

Senators face an April 2 deadline for approving all of their spending bills. Representatives must pass their spending bills out of finance committees by then, and finish all work on finance bills in April. Lawmakers must wrap up their work by May 21.

This year's main legislative job is to pass a two-year budget.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.