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Insurance pool plan passes

A plan to require all Minnesota school districts to join an insurance pool passed the Senate 43-23, sending it to the governor.

When insurance is pooled like in the bill, the theory is that it would cost less.

Opponents said districts should not be forced to join the pool, as well as expressing fears that there would be too little oversight. Some suburban lawmakers said their districts would suffer, while those in western Minnesota would see big benefits.