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Meat packer rights bill gutted


ST. PAUL - Senators gutted a meat packer employee bill of rights proposal in a Monday committee meeting faster than an experienced packer can gut a cow.

But another Senate committee could put many of the details back in.

Sen. James Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, said at least he has "brought an awareness to the issue," even if the bill is much weaker than it when first debated a week ago.

"I started with a whole loaf of bread and ended with two slices," Metzen said.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.