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Farmington likes idea of filling in for Capitol

July 17, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The suburban city of Farmington is offering itself up as a temporary fill-in for the state Capitol.

State Rep. Pat Garofalo (gah-RAH'-fah-loh) says his city would be perfect to host a special legislative session to address spring flooding damage.

Garofalo says the city's high school has the space, technology and volunteers necessary to host 201 legislators. With the state Capitol in disarray due to renovations, Garofalo says the idea would ensure public access and save money at the same time.

June storms have cost Minnesota more than $55 million for flood response and repairs. Gov. Mark Dayton requested federal disaster aid last week and raised the prospect of a special session to approve additional state funds for repairs.

Dayton's office didn't immediately return a call for comment on Garofalo's proposal.



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