Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Minnesota Legislature

Shutdown wouldn’t stop license flow

Published (2/24/2012)
By Bob Geiger
Share on: 

Minnesota hunters and anglers would be able to buy game and fish licenses electronically during a government shutdown if HF2343 becomes law.

Sponsored by Rep. Larry Howes (R-Walker), the bill was presented Feb. 21 to the House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee. It will be considered for inclusion in a committee omnibus bill.

The legislation is a response to the 2011 state government shutdown, after the House and Senate could not agree on a two-year budget with Gov. Mark Dayton. State services unavailable during the 21-day shutdown included purchasing fishing and hunting licenses.

“This is the third bill like this that would accommodate failure (to pass a budget),” said Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul). He said a simpler solution would be to solve differences during session and avoid a shutdown.

Bob Meier, assistant commissioner for policy and government relations with the Department of Natural Resources, said passing HF2343 is important because it maintains cash flow even if the government shuts down.

Meier cited July and August, the first two months of Minnesota’s fiscal year, when the DNR typically sells a total of $8.5 million of hunting and fishing licenses. The bill would not change the per-transaction electronic license purchase fee of $3.50.

Sen. Paul Gazelka (R-Brainerd) sponsors the companion, SF1911, which awaits action by the Senate Finance Committee.

Session Weekly More...

Session Weekly Home

Related Stories

Minnesota Index: Enjoying the outdoors
Facts and statistics on state parks and trails
(view full story) Published 4/20/2012

Minnesota Index: Birding
Facts and statistics on birding in Minnesota
(view full story) Published 4/6/2012

A prickly situation
Farmers seek fair fight against noxious weeds
(view full story) Published 3/16/2012

Angling for more participation
DNR looks for ways to get more anglers and hunters into the great outdoors
(view full story) Published 3/2/2012

Meeting halfway
Environment and energy law packs policy changes
(view full story) Published 8/11/2011

Legacy bill brought back to life
More than $449 million appropriated from voter-approved sales tax increase
(view full story) Published 8/11/2011

Trees from start to finish
Environment finance bill would close tree nursery
(view full story) Published 5/20/2011

Legacy spending differences
Conference committee needed to determine parks and trails funding
(view full story) Published 5/20/2011

Less means more
Some Legacy recipients may see increases despite drop in appropriation percentages
(view full story) Published 4/29/2011

Minnesota Index: Outdoor Heritage Fund
Facts and statistics on the Outdoor Heritage Fund
(view full story) Published 4/29/2011

Environment bill reflects ‘priorities’
House addresses wild rice, harvesting timber and closing of state parks
(view full story) Published 4/1/2011

Putting a stop to aquatic invasive species
Broader enforcement, stiffer penalties proposed for violators
(view full story) Published 4/1/2011

Wild rice study proposed
Committee approves policies for wild rice, state parks
(view full story) Published 3/25/2011

Should Minnesotans be hunting for land?
Legislators aim for no-net-loss and no-net-gain targets
(view full story) Published 3/4/2011

Minnesota Index: Horticulture and agriculture
Figures and statistics on horticulture and agriculture in Minnesota
(view full story) Published 3/4/2011

At Issue: Leaving a legacy
Recipients report outcomes of dedicated tax appropriations
(view full story) Published 2/4/2011