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Senate Majority Leader-designate Amy Koch of Buffalo addresses the media in this undated photo. Koch joined House speaker-designate Kurt Zellers on Tuesday as they announced a new, streamlined committee structure. Their Republican Party takes control of the House and Senate in January. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Minn. Republicans streamline legislative work

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ST. PAUL -- Republicans say their action to cut the number of legislative committees illustrates a desire to streamline government.

Few outside of the Capitol may care how many committees are appointed, but House speaker-designate Kurt Zellers of Maple Grove and Senate majority leader-elect Amy Koch of Buffalo used their first official action as a preview for what is to come.

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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.
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