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Lawmakers open 2012 session hoping it's a short one

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ST. PAUL -- Many in the Minnesota Legislature think the annual session that begins at noon today could be the shortest since 1998.

Plenty of others hope so.

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For instance, Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland said the only thing lawmakers must do this year is pass a public works funding bill. After that, they should go home, he said.

"I applaud the House and the Senate for wanting to do a short session," the mayor said. "I would like to see them not tinker around."

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