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CAPITOL CHATTER: Majority leader, speaker control Legislature

Published 12/25/2011, Forum Communications

Many Minnesotans may not understand why there has been all the fuss about Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch resigning, but that position and that of the House speaker are very powerful. When it comes to passing legislation, in a large part they decide what bills have a chance to reach the governor’s desk. In other words, they have veto power before the governor does. In reality, the House or Senate could overrule a speaker or majority leader, but that seldom happens.

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