The 2021 legislative session ended May 17, with budget work unfinished but the framework of an agreement between the governor and legislative leaders in place. It is important to emphasize the budget is far from a finished product. Click here for a column I submitted to area newspapers on this subject.
Other bills pass as budget work continues
While a new state budget was not passed before the May 17 adjournment, I was pleased to play a key role in delivering two other packages to the governor for enactment.
These final bills were the culmination of compromises reached by two conference committees on which I served. This includes Energy Conservation and Optimization (ECO) Act legislation and a bill to support Minnesota’s participation in a multi-state compact related to mental health. Both passed with bipartisan support in the House and the Senate.
A news release I issued providing a closer look at each bill and their importance is at this link.
Fishing means business in Otter Tail County, and I thank everyone who made the recent fishing opener a success for our region. This event should be a catalyst to kick off a strong summer season for area businesses, restaurants, bait shops, and resorts in our area. I enjoyed visiting a number of them over Opener weekend and below are just some of the highlights:
Thank you to Paul Koep for fishing with me on Ottertail Lake. I had a blast!
I enjoyed the tour of Lund Boats in New York Mills with DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen.
Lund is hiring and is excited to get you on the water this fishing season!
Look for more news from the Capitol as developments unfold related to a special session to resolve our state budget. Until then, please stay in touch and hope to see you around the district.