Opening Day: The 2013 Legislative Session began on Tuesday, January 8 when all members of the Minnesota House and Senate took the oath of office. This includes 42 newly elected members of the House and 23 newly elected members of the Senate. The November 2012 general election saw control of the legislature flip from Republican to DFL control. And, for the first time since 1990, the House, Senate and Governor’s office are controlled by the same political party, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) party. This creates an opportunity and a challenge for the DFL. While the DFL party can control the legislative agenda and pass most bills to Governor Dayton’s desk without the Republican votes, it is not always easy to find agreement. We will try to keep you informed through weekly reports of the Capitol’s activities.