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Sen. LeRoy Stumpf of Plummer, left, and Rep. Dave Olin of Thief River Falls found plenty of time to chat early Monday as they waited for a balanced-budget will to be written. Minnesota legislators waited hours to see the measure balancing a $3 billion deficit.

Legislature continues to break deadlines


ST. PAUL - Minnesota lawmakers missed another deadline when the sun came up this morning, the second in just a few hours.

And a second bill came up during what was supposed to be a single-bill session as the hours drifted by.

House Republicans met with Gov. Tim Pawlenty at length this morning, delaying the start of debate. The House began meeting at 9:30 a.m., long after the sunrise when legislative leaders said they would be completed.

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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.