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Fewest bills signed since 1893 in Minnesota Legislature

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

A new Vikings stadium and a half-billion dollar bonding bill are nothing to sneeze at. That said, both sides are calling this a "do-nothing" legislative session in Minnesota.

To put that into a historical context, it's the fewest number of bills signed since 1869 when William Marshall was governor. That might not be so bad if this wasn't the second longest session on record.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed 139 bills, with seven remaining on his desk, including a couple of tax bills. There were 30 vetoes, but that's less than Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Friday morning, the governor compared the session to a mixed round of golf.

"The golfer who has 16 terrible holes and gets a birdie, and an eagle -- you get off the course and you realize that the session wasn't so great after all," Dayton said.

The governor blamed Republicans who he said were more interested in passing bills that were set up to get vetoes. On Friday, House Speaker Kurt Zellers was blaming the Vikings stadium bill for a do-nothing session, calling it a distraction.

"I blame the stadium," Zellers said. "It adds a certain amount of stress. I think that's where a lot of the angst animosity it took up so much air and so much oxygen in the room."

Dayton still has a couple of tax bills on his desk to sign, including a set of business tax cuts that he haggled with Republicans on.

The governor said if voters want more out of the session, they should give him a DFL legislature.

The interesting question looking toward November is will Republican's try to take credit for passing the Vikings stadium?

As the governor said Friday, quoting the old adage, "success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan."

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