(St. Paul,. MN) — The Minnesota House has passed a massive state government and elections bill that includes plans to change the Electoral College count in presidential elections and to redesign the state flag. The package the House approved yesterday carries a one-and-a-half billion dollar price tag. Among other features, it would change the state’s Electoral College rule to award votes to the winner of the national popular vote. It also redefines a major political party that will likely make it harder for third parties to compete. The bill also creates a design commission that will study changes to the Minnesota state flag, which has been criticized as being unmemorable.