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Lawmakers in Minnesota face uncertainty upon return from break following DFL lawmaker’s arrest

State Senator Nicole Mitchell was arrested for allegedly breaking into her stepmother’s home in Detroit Lakes to retrieve sentimental items of her deceased father. Following her arrest, Senate leaders are divided on whether Mitchell should retain her seat. Mitchell’s vote is crucial in advancing or halting DFL-led legislative priorities. Mitchell has been released from jail with conditions and a restraining order. The situation could impact Senate operations, with potential repercussions on policy and finance bills, gun restrictions, equal rights amendments, and budget revisions. Mitchell’s next court date is set for June 10, complicating ethics actions within the Senate.


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