Special legislative session coming in late August to approve disaster aid

Minnesota legislators likely will return to St. Paul at the end of August for what’s planned to be a one-day special session to approve disaster aid.

Gov. Mark Dayton met with Republican leaders Wednesday, and all emerged to say there was agreement to hold the session and limit its scope to flood aid for 13 northern counties and other disasters.

Although no date was set, it’s expected to be during the last two weeks of August, after federal review of the flood damage is complete.

Both sides said they will agree on an agenda before the session starts.

It’s still not known whether they will consider aid to other areas hit by disaster, including the paper plant in Sartell that was largely shut down after an explosion.

Although damages numbers aren’t finalized, federal estimates are already over $100 million and the state would pay the 25 percent local share, the governor said.

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