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Minnesota Governor signs disaster relief bill
By Greg Janetka
SAINT PAUL, Minnesota: Meeting in a one-day special session, Minnesota legislators quickly approved disaster-relief funds for 20 counties. Within hours Governor Mark Dayton (D) signed the bill, saying "when a disaster strikes we're all Minnesotans - we're not Republicans or Democrats - and the legislature to its credit showed that."
The bill, which passed 59-0 in the Senate and 127-1 in the House, provides over $4.7 million in state assistance to communities that have been hit by strong storms and flooding. Following storms in June, President Obama declared a major disaster for 18 counties, making them eligible for federal public assistance. This federal money will cover 75 percent of the damage to public infrastructure, estimated at a total of $17.8 million, with the newly passed state bill covering the rest.