Sponsored by Rep. Chris Swedzinski (R-Ghent) and Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls), HF4008/ SF3569* passed by a 109-18 vote. It would extend a permit moratorium until April 30, 2019. Signed into law last year it was intended to give state transportation officials, agricultural interests and environmental advocates more time to study the issue.
Passed by the Senate 53-13 April 30, the bill now goes to the governor.
The moratorium came about following backlash to a MnDOT plan in 2016 to apply a standardized ditch mowing permit for all eight transportation districts across the state. That angered those who, for years, had been mowing or haying land in MnDOT right-of-way along highways without a permit.
Introduced in March 2017 by Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL-New Brighton) and Sen. Carolyn Laine (DFL-Columbia Heights), HF2470/SF2259, aims to stop the cycle of opioid misuse and addiction through education.
The conference committee tasked with hammering out the differences that divide the House and Senate on a laundry list of major issues met for the first time Tuesday afternoon.
Republican legislative majority offers mixed reactions to proposed tax system overhauls and DMV fixes.
The latest numbers are a $517 million swing from the November forecast
The state’s latest economic forecast projects a budget deficit of $188 million for the current two-year biennium, and a $586 million deficit for the 2020-21 biennium
The budget process explained — and why it matters