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Associated Press, Published August 06 2012

Special session for flood relief expected Aug. 24

ST. PAUL — Republican legislative leaders are advising lawmakers to prepare for an Aug. 24 special session on flood relief.

A memo from House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader David Senjem says the date is tentative and final details aren't yet firmed up.

The decision to call a special session rests with Gov. Mark Dayton. Spokesman Bob Hume says the date is a "tentative goal" based on talks with legislative leaders.

Dayton and lawmakers have promised to provide disaster aid to Duluth and other communities hit by severe floods in June. Federal disaster assistance is also coming, but the state is required to put up a share of the funding.

Lawmakers hold the first in a series of disaster relief meetings on Tuesday at the Capitol.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.