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HOUSE APPROVES ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCES & AG BUDGET


Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN — Lawmakers in the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the conference committee report on the Omnibus Environment, Natural Resources, & Agriculture finance bill this evening by a vote of 71 to 60. The bill takes serious steps to address shrinking water supplies throughout Minnesota without raising water fees.



Pending a vote in the Minnesota Senate, the bill is set to be signed into law by Governor Dayton.



The budget bill provides significant support for farmers and Minnesota’s ag-economy, equips the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with new resources and tools to address shrinking water supplies without raising water fees, and takes serious steps to protect Minnesota’s economy from the spread of invasive species like Asian Carp.



Rep. Jeanne Poppe (DFL—Austin), chair of the Agriculture Policy Committee, says the legislation takes meaningful action to improve rural communities’ economic vitality.



“This bill is a winner for communities in rural Minnesota,” said Rep. Poppe. “It gives us the tools to address shrinking water supplies without raising water fees, which is a big deal for farmers, ranchers, livestock producers, and agri-businesses that depend on reliable supplies of water. This bill recognizes the need to solve that problem before it’s too late.”



Investments in Minnesota’s Agriculture Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) fund included in the bill are designed to create economic growth in rural communities. Specifically, the AGRI fund investments will expand the Farm-to-School program to increase the amount of local produce in local schools, provide state grants for the start up, transition, and expansion of family farm livestock operations, assist with the start-up of any farm, fund research on conventional and cover crops, and explore development of renewable forms of energy. It also appropriates $1 million each year for county agriculture society fair grants in the next biennium.



The budget bill also includes a provision authored by Rep. Poppe that adopts the NextGen Board’s recommendations regarding Minnesota’s biofuel policies.



Right now, state law requires all gasoline sold in Minnesota to be “E10,” which is a blend of 10 percent ethanol derived from corn and 90 percent gasoline. The NextGen Board .....
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AGREEMENT ON TROUT STREAM SETBACK LANGUAGE

Wed, May 15th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

(St. Paul) – This week, House and Senate members, the governor’s administration, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) came to an agreement on legislation regarding silica sand minin ..... 
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AGREEMENT ON TROUT STREAM SETBACK LANGUAGE

Mon, May 13th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

(St. Paul) – This week, House and Senate members, the governor’s administration, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) came to an agreement on legislation regarding silica sand minin ..... 
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Commissioner Rothman teams up with AARP to talk about elder fraud, financial abuse prevention

Mon, Apr 22nd, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Statewide Tele-town hall focused on the fight against senior fraud SAINT PAUL, MN – Within this decade, there will be more Minnesotans over the age of 65 than children enrolled in our public schools. Senior citizens across the country hold the ..... 
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Commission on Judicial Selection Recommends Third Judicial District Candidates to Governor Dayton

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending three candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. This vacancy was created upon the retire ..... 
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Illegal to text, email, surf web while driving

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN - A ticket for texting and driving will make you feel :-( and chances of getting stopped for thumbs on the phone will increase as Minnesota law enforcement agencies conduct a one-day distracted driving education and enforcement effort A ..... 
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Minnesota Would Receive Over $6.8 Million Under Obama Administration Budget Proposal to Help Homeowners Reduce their Energy Bills

Wed, Apr 17th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON -- President Obama’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2014 includes an increase for low-income home weatherization services, including $6.8 million to help needy families in the state of Minnesota. The proposal represents a continued comm ..... 
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Prom warning: Spring months the worst for unbelted teen deaths

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With April, May and June combining for the highest percentage of unbelted teen deaths during the past three years, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is urging parents to reinforce safe driving ..... 
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Deadliest weekend of 2013: eight killed on Minnesota roads

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN - At least eight people were killed on Minnesota roads this past weekend, (April 6–early Monday morning, April 8), making it the deadliest weekend of the year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). The eigh ..... 
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