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Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, watcheswhile a House committee debates whether the same committee should consider agriculture, natural resources and environmental program funding. Hamilton said it should not, but he lost a committee vote.

Vote on ag committee lost, but rural Republicans make point

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House will not consider agriculture program funding by itself, but rural Republicans who wanted to divorce farm programs from natural resources and environmental spending got their message across Monday as the first week of the 2013 Legislature ended.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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