“The rest of the month is setting up to be pretty dramatic in the Senate,” writes NPR’s Eyder Peralta.

A key section of the Patriot Act — the part of law the White House uses to conduct mass surveillance on the call records of Americans — is set to expire June 1. That leaves legislators with a big decision to make: Rewrite the statute to outlaw or modify the practice or extend the statute and let the National Security Agency continue with its work.

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Today’s Question: Should mass surveillance of American call records continue?

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“The Minnesota Legislature made its midnight deadline to pass a two-year $42 billion state budget, but only by rushing a vote on a jobs bill that most lawmakers had no time to read,” writes MPR News reporter Tim Pugmire.

The House passed the bill with no debate, with Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, ignoring the objections of Democrats who wished to be heard. The House then adjourned the session a minute before the clock struck 12.

The hurried House vote followed a longer debate in the Senate, where members complained they were being asked to vote on amendments they hadn’t seen to a bill they hadn’t read.

The chaotic finish capped a long last week of closed-door negotiations that resulted in a deal between Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, on a budget that left Gov. Mark Dayton on the sidelines saying the two had ignored his top session priority, statewide universal pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds.

Dayton said repeatedly that he would veto a school funding bill that didn’t include the pre-K funding, but the Legislature passed the bill anyway. When Dayton vetoes the bill, a special session will be required to pass a replacement.

Today’s Question: Are you pleased with the outcome of the legislative session?

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“The final lap in a five-month session proved as messy as ever. Much of it stemmed from a tussle over an ample surplus and the return of split-party control — Republicans run the House and Democrats hold the Senate and governor’s office,” reports the Associated Press.

After working through the night, the House voted along party lines for a $17 billion education plan with $400 million in new school spending. The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to follow suit later Monday. But Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton insists he’ll veto the bill because it leaves out money for a preschool expansion initiative at the core of his agenda.

Today’s Question: Should the legislature earmark funding for pre-kindergarten before adjournment?

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About 40 minutes northwest of downtown Minneapolis, there’s a well-guarded greenhouse brimming with marijuana plants. Minnesota Medical Solutions, one of two manufacturers picked by the state to produce medical cannabis, will turn the plants into pills, oils and sprays for patients who qualify for a prescription — only smoke-free derivatives of marijuana are allowed by Read more