The state’s legislative session has gotten off to a relatively slow start with briefings from various agencies and speeches. But lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills in the first week, including many that will be controversial. Some of the measures include proof of citizenship to vote, an Arizona-style immigration law, and measures to bring back the tax credits and exemptions that Democrats eliminated last session. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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