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Associated Press, Published February 10 2012

Gov. Dayton vetoes lawsuit reform bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed four Republican-sponsored lawsuit reform bills, and is again criticizing the GOP as “too extreme to lead.”

Dayton said at a news conference Friday that the bills ignored court recommendations and did not work to create jobs. He said the reforms would have mostly benefited out-of-state insurance companies.

Dayton said three of the bills came straight from the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council.

House Speaker Kurt Zellers said he was disappointed by the governor's name calling, and said the governor owed an apology to Minnesota business owners. He said all four bills passed with bipartisan support.


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