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Minnesota state Sen. Susan Kent of Woodbury, left, looks at a document Friday, May 6, 2016, during negotiations about transportation funding. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)1 / 74
Minnesota Reps. Tim O'Driscoll of Sartell and Kelly Fenton of Woodbury listen to Wednesday, March 16, 2016, testimony about a bill to establish a presidential primary election. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)2 / 74
Minnesota state Sens. Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria and Katie Sieben of Cottage Grove talk Monday, May 2, 2016, during a Senate committee meeting dealing with public works project funding. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)3 / 74
Minnesota state Sens. Dan Sparks of Austin and Kent Eken of Twin Valley talk Monday, May 2, 2016, befpre a Senate committee meeting dealing with public works project funding. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)4 / 74
Minnesota state Sen. Scott Newman of Hutchinson studies paperwork about funding public works projects during a Monday, May 2, 2016, committee meeting. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)5 / 74
Minnesota state Sen. LeRoy Stumpf of Plummer announces his public works funding proposal in a Senate committee Monday, May 2, 2016. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)6 / 74
Minnesota state Sen. LeRoy Stumpf of Plummer announces his public works funding proposal in a Senate committee Monday, May 2, 2016. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)7 / 74
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Minnesota state Sen. LeRoy Stumpf of Plummer announces his public works funding proposal in a Senate committee Monday, May 2, 2016. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)9 / 74
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Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt, with Senate Minority Leader David Hann next to him, says on Thursday, May 5, 2016, that a public works funding bill that lost in the Senate was too big. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)12 / 74
Minnesota Republican legislative leaders talk to reporters Thursday, May 5, 2016, about the loss of a Senate public works funding bill. In the background is the state Capitol building, undergoing a $300 million renovation. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)13 / 74
With reporters, senators and others looking on, Minnesota Senate Minority Leader David Hann discusses defeat of a public works funding bill on Thursday, May 5, 2016. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)14 / 74
Minnesota Senate Minority Leader David Hann tells reporters Thursday, May 5, 2016, that Democrats rejected a compromise public works funding bill. With him are House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin and House Speaker Kurt Daudt. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)15 / 74
Chief Minnesota Legislature transportation funding negotiators lead a Friday, May 6, 2016, meeting. They are Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing, left, and Sen. Scott Dibble of Minneapolis. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)16 / 74
Minnesota Sen. Vicki Jensen of Owatonna talks to Sen. Matt Schmit of Red Wing during a Friday, May 6, 2016, negotiation session about transportation funding. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)17 / 74
Lobbyists lunge for documents outlining a Friday, May 6, 2016, Senate Democratic transportation funding offer. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)18 / 74
Minnesota Sen. Matt Schmit of Red Wing listens during a Friday, May 6, 2016, negotiation session about transportation funding. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)19 / 74
Minnesota state Rep. Tony Cornish of Vernon Center watches a witness criticize his bill regulating police body cameras in a Tuesday, May 10, 2016, committee hearings. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)20 / 74
Citizen-lobbyist Rich Neumeister tells a Minnesota House committee Tuesday, May 10, 2016, that a bill to regulate police body cameras does not provide adequate accountability for police activities. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)21 / 74
Citizen-lobbyist Rich Neumeister tells a Minnesota House committee Tuesday, May 10, 2016, that a bill to regulate police body cameras does not provide adequate accountability for police activities. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)22 / 74
Attorney Joel Leviton, left, tells a Minnesota House committee Tuesday, May 10, 2016, that heirs of the singer Prince need a new state law. With him is Rep. Joe Hoppe, sponsor of the bill to make sure heirs retain rights to an artist's work. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)23 / 74
Chief Minnesota Legislature transportation funding negotiators talk before a Wednesday, May 11, 2016, conference committee. They are Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing, left, and Sen. Scott Dibble of Minneapolis. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)24 / 74
Chief Minnesota Legislature transportation funding negotiators talk before a Wednesday, May 11, 2016, conference committee. They are Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing, left, and Sen. Scott Dibble of Minneapolis. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)25 / 74
Sens. Vicki Jensen of Owatonna and Scott Dibble of Minneapolis talk Wednesday, May 11, 2016, before starting Minnesota transportation funding negotiations. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)26 / 74
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Minnesota House Repubilcans gather Friday, May 13, 2016, to emphasize their objection to raising gasoline taxes. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)28 / 74
Minnesota state Rep. Dave Baker of Willmar tells reporters Friday, May 13, 2016, about bills that he said could help reduce opioid problems. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)29 / 74
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says on Monday, May 16, 2016, that he has offered a transportation funding compromise and now it is time for legislators to approve a plan. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)30 / 74
With a week before the Minnesota Legislature adjourns, Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday, May 16, 2016, announces a new transportation funding plan he called a compromise. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)31 / 74
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton drives home a point Monday, May 16, 2016, as he introduces a transportation funding compromise that includes higher license tab fees. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)32 / 74
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Two staff members keep their eyes on Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton during a Monday, May 16, 2016, news conference while three commissioners watch a reporter asking a question. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)34 / 74
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Minnesota state Sen.Roger Reinert of Duluth listens to debate in the Senate Monday night, May 16, 2016. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)36 / 74
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The Minnesota Capitol building remains under renovation as the May 23, 2016 legislative session adjournement date nears. In the back of the building are portable toilets for lawmakers since the building has no running water. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)38 / 74
Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt of Crown makes a point Tuesday, May 17, 2016, as he announces a new transportation funding plan. Reps. Tim Kelly of Red Wing and Greg Davids of Preston are behind Daudt. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)39 / 74
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton walks into budget talks Tuesday, May 17, 2016, with the state Capitol that is undergoing renovations in the background. (Forum News Service photo bhy Don Davis)40 / 74
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tells reporters between Tuesday, May 17, 2016, budget negotiation sessions that he cannot report progress but at least top state leaders are talking. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)41 / 74
Minnesota state Rep. Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake, right, looks over a public works funding bill Wednesday, May 18, 2016.With him is Rep. Greg Davids of Preston. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)42 / 74
Deputy Moorhead City Manager Scott Hutchins urges a Minnesota House committee to fund a railroad crossing during a Wednesday, May 18, 2016, meeting. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)43 / 74
Minnesota state Rep. Denny McNamara of Hastings looks through papers Wednesday, May 18, 2016, as a House committee comsinders funding public works projects. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)44 / 74
Minnesota state Rep. Mary Murphy of Hermantown listens during discussion about funding public works projects during a Wednesday, May 18, 2016, meeting. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)45 / 74
Chairman Paul Torkelson of Hanska runs a Minnesota House meeting Wednesday, May 18, 2016, looking into what public works projects to finance. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)46 / 74
Minnesota state Rep. Dean Urdahl of Grove City listens to a testifier during a pubilc works finance committee hearing Wednesday, May 18, 2016. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)47 / 74
Two lobbyists talk in the Minnesota Senate Building Friday, May 20, 2016, while two staffers walk toward an elevator. The state Capitol buliding is in the background. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)48 / 74
Chairmen of Minnesota legislative committees that draw up public works funding bills talk Friday, May 20, 2016, after a brief meeting. They are Rep. Paul Torkelson of Hanska, left, and Sen. LeRoy Stumpf of Plummer. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)49 / 74
There was relatively little legislative action near the Minnesota Capitol Friday, May 20, 2016, but it was busy around food trucks lining a street in front of the Capitol.(Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)50 / 74
Sen. Carla Nelson of Rochester walks through the Minnesota Senate building Friday, May 20, 2016. The building was quiet as legislative leaders met behind closed doors to work out details to end the session. The state Capitol buliding is in the background. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)51 / 74
Minnesota state Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth on Friday, May 20, 2016, gives Rep. Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie a medal thanking her for friendship during his tenure in the Legislature. Reinert is not running for re-election. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)52 / 74
Two lobbyists talk in the Minnesota Senate Building Friday, May 20, 2016. The state Capitol buliding is in the background. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)53 / 74
Minnesota state Sen. David Tomassoni of Chisholm makes a point Friday, May 20, 2016, as negotiators discuss a public works funding bill. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)54 / 74
It must have been an eye-opening discussion for Minnesota Senate attorney Tom Bottern in a Saturday, May 21, 2016, state budget conference committee. Talking to him is Senate Finance Chairman Richard Choen of St. Paul. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)55 / 74
Minnesota state Sens. Paul Gazelka of Nissa, left, and Warren Limmber of Maple Grove talk on the Senate floor Saturday, May 21, 2016, as time runs down on the year's legislative session. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)56 / 74
Minnesota state Sen. Bill Ingebritsen of Alexandria takes a moment away from Senate debate Saturday, May 21, 2016, to talk on the telephone. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)57 / 74
Top Minnesota state budget negotiators Rep. Jim Knoblach of St. Cloud, left, and Sen. Richard Cohen of St. Paul talk before a House-Senate conference committee begins Saturday, May 21, 2016. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)58 / 74
Minnesota state Rep. Jim Knboach of St. Cloud, left, and Sen. Toney Lourey of Kerrick discuss issues in the back of the Senate chamber Saturday, May 21, 2016.(Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)59 / 74
Minnesota state Rep. Bud Nornes of Fergus Falls talks on the telephone before a Saturday, May 21, 2016, state budget meeting. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)60 / 74
With a table full of papers full of numbers nearby, Minnesota House and Senate negotiators discuss state spending Saturday, May 21, 2016, as the legislative session winds down for the year. (Forum News Service photos by Don Davis)61 / 74
Minnesota state Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth delivers the opening prayer to the Senate Saturday, May 21, 2016. Reinert is not seeking re-election, and the legislative session ends Monday. (Photo by David J. Oakes of Minnesota Senate Media Services)62 / 74
Top Minnesota legislative transportation negoiators Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing, left, and Sen. Scott Dibble of Minneapolis hold a serious conversation Saturday, May 21, 2016, before a conference committee discussed transportation funding. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)63 / 74
Minnesota state Sens. Susan Kent of Woodbury, left, and Vicki Jensen of Owatonna talk Saturday, May 21, 2016, before transportation funding negotiations begin. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)64 / 74
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Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook talks to reporters Sunday, May 22, 2016, as time runs out to pass bills in the legislative session. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)66 / 74
Minnesota state Rep. Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa tells fellow lawmakers Sunday, May 22, 2016, that a property tax provisions there were about to approve would help farmers and small businesses. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)67 / 74
Members of the Minnesota House follow debate Sunday, May 22, 2016, on one of the final bills they will consider this year. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)68 / 74
Minnesota state Rep. Dale Lueck of Aitkin listens to House debate Sunday, May 22, 2016, the final day the Legislature could pass bills. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)69 / 74
Three northeastern lawmakers talk Sunday, May 22, 2016, as the legislative session nears and end. From left are Reps. Jennifer Schultz of Duluth, Erik Simonson of Duluth and Jason Metsa of Virginia. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)70 / 74
Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook talks to reporters Sunday, May 22, 2016, as time runs out to pass bills in the legislative session. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)71 / 74
Minnesota state Reps. Jim Knoblach of St. Cloud, left, Peggy Scott of Andover and Pat Garofalo of Farmington talk Sunday, May 22, 2016, the last day lawmakers could p ass bills. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)72 / 74
Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt tells reporters Monday, May 23, 2016, that the legislative session overall was good, other than the last few minutes. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)73 / 74
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tells reporters Monday, May 23, 2016, that he will consider calling legislators back in to a special session. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)74 / 74

Scenes from the Minnesota legislative session

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.
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