With 16 legislative days left here in St. Paul we are putting the final touches on a full range of legislation that we sent to the Senate for consideration. Highlights include:
We also completed work on the House/Senate conference committee report on the Wild Rice Sulfate Standard bill that has passed both bodies. The bill retires the 45 year old obsolete standard that to date has not been implemented, provides MPCA with a clean slate to work out new standard based on today’s science and will provide the DNR with $500,000 in funding to begin real work on protecting, enhancing and where appropriate restoring natural wild rice beds. I anticipate the bill will soon get a final vote in the House and Senate and should be on the governor’s desk for his review early next week.
The sixth-graders from Rippleside Elementary School at Aitkin where down for a day at the capital for a visit this week. Thank you to our teachers and parents for providing the opportunity for young people to learn about state government.
Please be safe and enjoy the weekend.