Politics Friday: Leaders of the House on this session’s priorities

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House Minority Leader Lisa Demuth, R-Cold Spring, and Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park.
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The Legislature has gaveled in, and the Capitol is quiet no more.  

Minnesota Democrats had their way in passing an expansive agenda, from abortion protections to recreational cannabis to restored voting rights for people with felony pasts. DFLers also increased spending across state government, from universal school meals to modest tax rebates. This year, lawmakers will find it more difficult to power substantial legislation through. 

Leaders and lawmakers have stressed there’s less money to go around and more tamping down of expectations, not to mention it’s an election year.  

MPR News host Brian Bakst talks to the Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, and House Minority Leader Lisa Demuth, R-Cold Spring, about what’s in store for the 2024 legislative session.  


  • House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park  

  • House Minority Leader Lisa Demuth, R-Cold Spring 

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