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House passes omnibus agriculture, broadband finance bill

Rep. Mike Sundin, chair of the House Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee, presents the omnibus agriculture and broadband bill on the House Floor Friday. Photo by Andrew VonBank

After tabling the omnibus agriculture and broadband finance bill following about 8 hours of debate Friday, the House took the bill up again Saturday and made short work of it, passing it in just under 40 minutes by a vote of 111-20.

Rep. Mike Sundin (DFL-Esko), sponsor of SSHF8, repeated his theme from the day before that the bill would protect the state’s food supply, and serve consumers and producers alike.

The agriculture bill would appropriate $139.4 million from the General Fund for the 2022-23 biennium, an increase of $12.7 million over base. It would appropriate:

  • $118.7 million to the Department of Agriculture;
  • $12.1 million to the Board of Animal Health; and
  • $8.6 million to the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute.

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The bill now goes to the Senate, where Sen. Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake) is the sponsor.

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