SAINT PAUL, MN – On Monday, Rep. Sandy Layman, R-Cohasset, unanimously passed her bill to prevent future raids of the Douglas J. Johnson (DJJ) Trust Fund on a House vote of 126-0. The legislation, HF3763, clarifies current statute relating to the DJJ economic protection trust fund. The change ensures money in the fund is only used for the benefit of the Taconite Assistance Area and shall not be expended, appropriated, or transferred from the fund for any other purpose.
“This bill had the full support of the Iron Range Delegation and I am so pleased to have gained the unanimous support of all of my House colleagues,” said Layman. “My legislation is simple, and essentially puts an exclamation point on our current law in order to better keep DJJ funds in the Taconite Assistance Area. These dollars are intended to be used for our area, and the passage of this bill can help avoid unlawful tinkering by future legislatures.”
Now passed by the House, the bill heads to the Senate.