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At long last, Legacy: House passes first bill of special session

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After three days of filibusters by House Republicans, a bill was finally passed by the House. But the first budget bill approved during the first special session of 2021 doesn’t really deal with the state budget. Not the General Fund anyway.

The omnibus legacy finance bill divvies up the proceeds from 0.375% of the state’s sales tax proceeds, directing the money toward projects related to clean water, the outdoors and the arts. It was created by a statewide referendum in 2008, and is a special pool of money all its own.

After being crafted by a House and Senate working group, the omnibus legacy bill passed 88-39 Saturday and is on its way to the Senate where Sen. Carrie Ruud (R-Breezy Point) is the sponsor. The bill was tabled Thursday on the Senate Floor.

Sponsored by Rep. Leon Lillie (DFL-North St. Paul), SSHF13 would allocate $382.5 million in fiscal year 2022 to four funds that promote clean water, prairies, forests, wetlands, parks, trails, the arts and cultural heritage. The total would be $645.6 million for the 2022-23 biennium.

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