Happenings Wednesday at the Minnesota Capitol:
Regardless of where they live, Minnesotans should expect access to high speed, broadband Internet service, according to a report by the Center for Rural Policy and Development at Minnesota State University in Mankato.
Jack Geller, president of the center, said the report included 18 recommendations. Among them was the establishment of a pot of money to help people in rural Minnesota defray the higher cost of access.
''The state has to recognize it cannot be in a position of picking winners and losers,'' Geller said.
Sen. Steve Kelley, DFL-Hopkins and a telecommunications expert, said the report might serve to apply needed pressure to leaders so they know Internet users want quality access.
Pre-session prayers that include references to specific religions will be permitted on the House floor.
The House voted to reverse a year-old rule that required all prayers to be nondenominational and respectful to ''the religious diversity of the House.''
At times, debate was sharp. Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul, criticized supporters of the rule change as imposing their religious viewpoints on all members. Rep. Arlon Lindner, R-Corcoran, chastised Paymar, who is Jewish.
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