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Published October 06, 2010, 09:09 AM

Tentative Date Set for Special Minnesota Session

Minnesota's Legislature will be called into a special session next Monday to approve flood relief if a federal disaster declaration is in hand by this Friday.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's Legislature will be called into a special session next Monday to approve flood relief if a federal disaster declaration is in hand by this Friday.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty set the tentative date for a one-day special session to give legislators adequate notice since many are spending their days on the campaign trail. Pawlenty has asked for federal assistance to deal with the severe flooding in southern Minnesota.

His office says the session date may change if the federal declaration comes later.

A preliminary estimate puts the damage at $64.1 million. A presidential disaster declaration would mean 75 percent of eligible costs would be picked up by the federal government.

Minnesota legislators would be asked to pass a bill to have the state cover the rest.

A federal declaration also would free up special unemployment assistance, small business loans and low-interest farm loans.

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