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State Senate committee approves another $6K for Brodkorb legal bill

The ongoing tab for defending against the former Senate employee’s legal action is now more than $200,000.

The state Senate Rules Committee agreed Monday to pay another $5,956 to the Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren law firm for work on the Michael Brodkorb case.

Brodkorb, the former state Senate aide, sued after he was fired last year in the wake of his affair with then-Majority Leader Amy Koch. Brodkorb claims he’s a victim of discrimination because women aides in the same situation were not fired.

So far, the state Senate has agreed to pay more than $200,000 in legal bills in the case, which continues on even though a federal judge last week dismissed some of the claims.

State Sen. Tom Bakk, the current majority leader, said there are no plans to settle the case because the Senate has a strong case, MPR said.