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DFL leadership reaches agreement in the House and Senate on bonding bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- There's an agreement Wednesday night between the DFL leadership in the Minnesota House and Senate on the bonding bill, but the question remains, will there be enough Republican votes to pass it in the final days of the session.

The House Republicans are meeting to talk things over.

The one piece of legislation throwing a curve into things has been removed from the final agreement by the DFL.

The problem before this new agreement was a sprinkler bill that would block state officials from requiring all homes larger than 4,500 square feet to install costly sprinkler systems in new homes.

The bonding bill compromise includes $846 million in "GO bonds" and an additional bill that includes $200 million in further investments in infrastructure projects.

On Monday Governor Dayton threatened to veto the entire bonding bill if the sprinkler provision remained in the bill.  An action that had members on both political parties feeling the heat.

"It would be fairly magnanimous in terms of the impact. That's his choice. We're the legislature, he's the governor, he has those rights," says senator Dave Senjem (R).

"The governor has been pretty strongly against it. I think in rural Minnesota it gets to be a little bit different. We've heard from many of our builders that have issues with the cost going forward, but I think at the end of the day we should be able to reach a compromise," says senator Dan Sparks (DFL).

Amelia Cerling from the State Senate's office tells us that that controversial sprinkler bill has been removed from the final bonding bill.

Senator Dave Senjem told us Wednesday afternoon that the pressure is on to pass the bill on Thursday or things get really tricky.

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