State lawmakers are more than a week into the legislative session and election year politics are already starting to flare up under the gold dome. Several members of the state legislature are running for Congress, which doesn’t make things any easier, and substantial bills are starting to get scheduled for their first hearings. Bente Birkeland takes a closer look as part of our weekly capitol conversation.

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