ST. PAUL – Legislation Rep. Jerry Hertaus, R-Greenfield, authored to designate U.S. Highway 12 in Wayzata as “Officer Bill Mathews Memorial Highway” received overwhelming approval from the House on Thursday, putting it on the brink of enactment.
The bill allows for signage to be placed along Highway 12 memorializing Mathews for his public service in the wake of the tragic incident which claimed his life along what is recognized as one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in our state.
“I thank those who helped get this bill through the Legislature and, while much more work remains, I also am grateful for steps that have been taken to bring safety improvements to Highway 12,” Hertaus said. “This has been an extraordinarily trying time for the Mathews family and I hope this small gesture will one day provide at least a small bit of comfort for them.”
The signage will be paid for by the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police. Hertaus called for a moment of silence on the House floor Thursday to recognize officers who have fallen in service.
The bill (H.F. 2739/S.F. 2484) passed each body without opposition – 129-0 in the House and 59-0 in the Senate – and now is in the hands of Gov. Mark Dayton for his action. Sen. Paul Anderson, R-Plymouth, authored the companion bill.