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Published January 09, 2013, 09:11 AM

Minnesota Dems to detail agenda for just-begun session

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The opening-day ceremony behind them, Minnesota Democrats are planning to provide more details on how they'll move forward in the legislative session.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The opening-day ceremony behind them, Minnesota Democrats are planning to provide more details on how they'll move forward in the legislative session.

A tandem news conference featuring House and Senate leaders was set for Wednesday.

The 2013 session began on Tuesday and is expected to last into May. Democrats lead both legislative chambers and have the governor's office — a trifecta they haven't had in more than 20 years.

New House Speaker Paul Thissen says the first batch of bills in the House will pair up with campaign promises. He says they will attempt to whittle away at state IOUs to schools, give more property taxpayers rebates, install a health care insurance exchange and prop up investment grant programs.

Senate leaders have been more mum about their plans.

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