It was a pleasure to have the late Gen. John Vessey's daughter, Sarah, and a number of fellow veterans who served with the general at the Capitol as the House approved a bill honoring Gen. Vessey.
The House has taken action on five bills I authored. We put a bipartisan bill (H.F. 2380) on the governor’s desk to fix the defunct sulfate standard. However, despite over 50 labor union leaders, mayors, and Main Street business and industry leaders from across Minnesota coming to St. Paul to meet with the governor requesting he sign the bill, he vetoed it.
It was very disappointing to see how community leaders were treated. Rather than meeting with them, the governor sent staff. After over an hour of very respectful discussion outlining the severe threat the defunct sulfate standard presents to the survival of their communities, rather than relay their message to the governor, the staff announced he already had decided to veto the bill.
We have a 45-year-old, defunct sulfate standard that is impossible to implement and has not protected a single kernel of wild rice. The bill would have provided a fresh start on protecting wild rice. Despite this bump in the road, I will continue to work on protecting both our rural communities and wild rice.
On a more positive note four bills I authored passed out of the House on strong bi-partisan votes.
Happy Mother’s Day and good luck as we start the summer fishing season.