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Busy week ahead for Minnesota legislators

ST. PAUL - Minnesota lawmakers are away from the State Capitol today for the Martin Luther King Junior holiday, but they'll have a busy week when they come back on Tuesday.

Panels in both the House and Senate will talk about ways of getting new teachers into the profession through alternative pathways to licensing. The controversial issue heated up last week when House Education Committee Chair Sondra Erickson called an Education Minnesota teachers union proposal on classroom supervision of new instructors "the teacher Gestapo." The Princeton Republican later withdrew her comment.

On Wednesday, a Senate committee debates a controversial Republican bill to reduce business property taxes. A House panel will also discuss a Republican proposal to give state vouchers to some people on Minnesotacare so they can instead buy health insurance in the private market.