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House lawmakers show support for $1B-plus bill, with key funding for sex offender treatment center


ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House kicked its public works funding proposal to more than $1 billion Monday, adding a facility for 400 sex offenders.

Representatives voted 92-37, with some Republicans joining Democrats, to fund college, trails, transportation and other construction projects. The only major change in the measure came when representatives voted 114-19 to spend $89 million to build a 400-bed addition to the Moose Lake sex offender treatment center.

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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.