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New Legislative Sessions Set To Begin In Minnesota, Wisconsin

Monday, January 7th, 2013 at 11:28 am

The Wisconsin Legislature begins its two-year session with the swearing in of new members and political posturing, but no real action.

There are 14 new Democrats and 11 new Republicans in the Assembly. There are two new Republicans and one new Democrat in the Senate.

Republicans have control of both houses, just as they did during the previous two-year session. They have a 59-39 advantage in the Assembly and an 18-15 edge in the Senate.

Republican leaders say they are focused on passing a bill making it easier to open a new iron ore mine near Lake Superior early in the two-year session.

The new session is also about to begin in Minnesota, but Monday is campaign money day for Minnesota lawmakers.

It’s the final chance to raise money from lobbyists, associations and other big donors before the Legislature opens its 2013 session on Tuesday. When the session begins, prohibitions on certain donations begin.

There were at least three major fundraisers set for Monday.

House Republican veterans were hosting a breakfast fundraiser for their 13 freshmen. U.S. Sen. Al Franken was headlining an afternoon event for House Democrats from targeted districts. And the House and Senate Democratic caucuses, set to assume respective majorities on Tuesday, planned a high-dollar event at a swanky Minneapolis hotel on Monday night.

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