A Minnesota lawmaker says she wants to bring some joy and humor to the State Capitol this session by getting people talking about dogs.

State Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, unveiled legislation Tuesday to designate the Labrador retriever as Minnesota’s official dog breed. During a news conference with some fellow lawmakers and some dogs, Ruud said the bill can help build relationships.

“We look at the dogs down here and they’re having a good time getting along together and maybe we should take that as our example,” Ruud said.

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