ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are headed back to their districts after a swift special session to approve a disaster-assistance package.
The Legislature adjourned before 2 p.m. Monday — a mere four hours after gaveling in.
Their one task was to allocate $4.5 million to help 18 counties pay for repairs from severe storms in June.
The bill passed the House and Senate on near-unanimous votes. Rep. Alice Hausman of St. Paul cast the lone dissenting vote in protest over her county being excluded from the aid.
Lawmakers introduced other bills and spoke about a desire to repeal some recently approved tax increases, but no other action was taken.
Barring another special session, the full contingent of lawmakers won't return to the Capitol until the 2014 session begins in late February.