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Sen. Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo, explains how a bill he and other lawmakers are proposing would prevent a government shutdown if state budget talks end in a stalemate. Forum Communications photo by Mike Longaecker

Republican bill would prevent government shutdown

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ST. PAUL -- A group of Republican lawmakers proposed legislation Thursday that they said would prevent Minnesota's government from coming to a screeching halt in the event of another political stalemate.

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"This cannot be allowed to happen again," Sen. Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo, said of the state government shutdown, which lasted 20 days.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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