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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Legal action expected over new Minn. Senate building

  • A former state representative and an attorney say they'll filed a lawsuit to block construction of the new Minnesota Senate office building.
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  • A former state representative and an attorney say they'll filed a lawsuit to block construction of the new Minnesota Senate office building.
    The $90 million project was tucked into the Legislature's tax bill approved by state lawmakers late in the legislative session this year. The tax bill did not require a super majority vote to pass, unlike bonding bills used for most large state building projects.
    The Star Tribune reports attorney Erick Kaardal says the lawsuit he and Republican Jim Knoblach will file is focused on the fact the project was part of a tax bill, not a bonding bill.
    Currently, the state's 67 senators have offices in two buildings. Majority senators are in the Capitol while the minority is in the State Office Building.
    Kaardal and Knoblach plan hold a news conference Thursday.

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