Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers say they plan to focus on jobs and the economy during the 2011 legislative session. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a lot of other bills also keeping the debate lively. One is a measure that would create civil unions in the state. The sponsor explains why he thinks the time is now. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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