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Dayton, Daudt to tour Minnesota Security Hospital

ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt plan to tour the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter on Monday, looking over a facility plagued by violent incidents.

The visit comes as the two and other legislative leaders discuss whether to hold a special session to discuss, among other things, if they should fund public works projects. Dayton had wanted to spend $90 million to improve safety at the St. Peter facility.

Dayton has said that he would rather spend the money elsewhere, but the safety issue has to be solved.

The governor just returned from the Democratic National Convention, and Daudt was at the equivalent Republican event a week earlier. Before the conventions, they said they would resume special session negotiations when they returned, and tentatively set the third week of August as a time when a session could be scheduled.

In addition to funding public works projects, including road and bridge work, lawmakers are expected to pass a tax bill that corrects a mistake in one Dayton vetoed after the regular session ended.

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