Photos: Scenes from the special session 2011 all-nighter

Politics Nikki Tundel · ·

1 Minneapolis DFL Sen. Patricia Torres Ray sits in the Senate chamber during a 1 a.m. recess on July 20, 2011. 
2 Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch confers with colleagues as lawmakers adjourn on July 20, 2011, ending the special session. 
3 Brooklyn Park DFL state Rep. Michael Nelson listens to debate on the House floor during a special session at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on July 20, 2011. 
4 Surrounded by coffee cups and laptops, members of the Minnesota House of Representatives look over the pages of a proposed bill during a special session at the State Capitol on July 20, 2011. 
5 Members of the Minnesota House of Representatives in shirt sleeves at the special session into the early hours of the morning on July 20, 2011. 
6 Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch talks with Sen. Geoff Michel during a special session at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on July 19, 2011. 
7 Minneapolis DFL Rep. Jeff Hayden waits for members of the House of Representatives to return from one of many breaks during the special session at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on July 20, 2011. 
8 A lawmaker's necessities at the special session in the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul early on July 20, 2011: Chocolate milk, iPhone, pen and legislation. 
9 Republican senators wait for the results of a vote during a special session at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on July 19, 2011. 
10 Lawmakers hug as the Minnesota State Senate adjourns on July 20, 2011, ending a special session that lasted about 13 hours. 
11 After spending approximately 13 hours in a special session, legislators leave the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul at 4 a.m. on July 20, 2011.