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Focusing on budget bills; DNR confiscated equipment auction reminder

Friday, April 21, 2017

Dear Neighbor,

Before we get to House business, here’s a quick reminder the DNR’s confiscated equipment auction is scheduled for 9 a.m., Saturday, April 29, in Zimmerman.

As I mentioned in a previous email, the DNR says a large inventory is available. Click here for a list of firearms, bows and hunting/fishing/trapping equipment up for auction. The site also has more information on the location and preview events that are scheduled.

On the subject of legislative work, this is the time of the session where 10 different 10-member conference committees are working on omnibus finance packages that will end up funding various components of our next two-year state budget.

Sometimes very little tweaking is needed to gain matching omnibus bills and other times more substantial changes are needed. Either way, this is a time when members are busy advocating for their bills to be included in the finished product.

If you are curious to learn more about how this conference committee process shakes out, here is an interesting article from the nonpartisan legislative publication Session Daily which gives readers a look behind the curtain. Legislators offer some interesting perspectives in the story, including how the system is designed to be “inefficient and efficient at the same time.”

Only four full weeks remain before the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn, so a lot will happen between now and then. Stay tuned for the latest developments.