ST. PAUL – The Omnibus Transportation bill passed Wednesday afternoon on a vote of 112-21. The bill included a provision authored by Rep. Deb Kiel, R-Crookston, to allow the soybean crushing plant to deliver heavier loads of crushed soybeans to market. After the passage of the bill, Rep. Kiel released the following statement on the provision.
"I was proud to vote for this year's transportation bill, which contained several important projects across the state, including my provision allowing heavier loads to be hauled from the soybean crushing plant," said Kiel. "I have heard from so many farmers in our community on this issue, and I have been working with local farmers and leaders on this provision for quite a while. With Polk County being the largest soybean producer in the state, I was proud to get this bill included in the final transportation deal."
In addition, the bill included funding to provide education for more new State Troopers, as well as funding for rural roads in Northwest Minnesota.