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Senators Take Up Controversial Building Plan

Created: 01/15/2014 7:46 AM KAALtv.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota Senate committee is set to vote on a Capitol campus building project that's become entangled in partisan politics.
 
The Senate Rules Committee meets Wednesday to approve design plans and sign off on cost estimates for a new office building for the state Senate. The building, next to the Capitol, is projected to cost $63 million plus $27 million for adjacent parking facilities.
 
Lawmakers authorized the construction last spring. But Republicans now say Democrats forwarded it without proper scrutiny, and say it should be delayed until a court hearing next week on a legal challenge.
 
Backers say additional room is needed for senators and staff, many of whom are soon to be displaced by a Capitol building renovation.
 
The House Rules Committee also must sign off on the building.

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