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DFL'ers invited to Republican caucus

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Farmington, 55024
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Senate Republicans had rare visitors at a closed-door caucus meeting Monday.

Four Senate Democrats familiar with budget bills needing final approval went before their GOP counterparts to explain the funding packages.

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"I've never seen that before," mused Republican Sen. Steve Dille of Dassel, a 21-year legislative veteran.

It is rare for private caucus meetings to be opened to others. The DFLers answered questions about bills funding public schools, health programs and state agencies and a tax package, possibly to curb floor debate.

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