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Local legislators discuss the still pending budget solution now before Gov. Tim Pawlenty during a forum Tuesday night at Bemidji City Hall. From left are Rep. Larry Howes, Sen. Rod Skoe, Sen. Mary Olson, Rep. Brita Sailer and Rep. John Persell. Howes is Republican while the others are Democrats. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Lawmakers discuss limiting gubernatorial powers

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Limiting a governor's use of unallotment most likely will see debate in 2010, local lawmakers said Tuesday.

While Democrats said doing away with unallotment is preferred, no governor of any party would allow such action to become law. Instead, Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, said the powers should be limited.

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