Democratic State Representative Gene Pelowski of Winona is predicting a strained relationship between Republicans and Democrats when the 2017 legislative sessions begins on January 3rd.

With the House and Senate now in the hands of Republicans, and Governor Mark Dayton being a Democrat, Pelowski says the last time Republicans were in control of the legislature there was a government shutdown.

Pelowski says the gridlock over the past few years has been frustrating and his goal this coming session is reform which he has been working on for several years.

Republicans picked up four seats in the House in November and the Senate came away with a one vote, 34-33-margin. Pelowski says the GOP will have to have all senators on their side on key bills if they want them to pass.

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