Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, right, congratulated bill author Sen. Tony Lourey after the final vote. The Minnesota Senate passed the health insurance exchange bill by a straight party line vote 39-28.  Next stop is Governor Dayton's desk. 

 

 

Sen Tony Dibble, right, congratulated bill author Sen. Tony Lourey after the final vote. The Minnesota Senate passed the health insurance exchange bill by a straight party line vote 39-28.  Next stop is Governor Dayton's desk.   Monday, March 18, 2013.

 

 

Republican Senators Assistant Minority Leader Dave Thompson and Minority Leader David Hann watched the vote board as the health insurance exchange bill passed without any Republican votes.

 

 

DFL Senators Terri Bonoff and Melisa Franzen cast their yes votes for the bill. 

 

 

 Bill author Sen. Tony Lourey laughed with staffers including Stacie Weeks, center, after his bill passed.