New year, new Legislature: Minnesota session starting

Published On: Jan 08 2013 06:21:23 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 08 2013 06:21:00 AM CST
Minnesota State Capitol
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -

The new Minnesota Legislature is making its debut as lawmakers gather in St. Paul for the 2013 session.

It gets under way Tuesday with the oath of office for 199 lawmakers, two short of normal due to a pair of sudden resignations by House members.

There are 57 new members of the Legislature. That's more than normal because of a DFL sweep in the last election and more retirements than usual.

With Democrat Mark Dayton in the governor's office and new DFL majorities in the House and Senate, the party will fully control state government for the first time since 1990.

The session is likely to get off to a slow start but eventually promises big debates over tax increases, spending, and possibly a push to legalize gay marriage.