Legislative Updates

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For an overview of our goals for this legislative session and in-depth articles on each, see the "Legislative Priorities" panel. As each important river-related bill or program progresses, we'll post updates below. Please take a moment to bookmark us as your go-to source for legislative news impacting the Mississippi River.

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By Leili Fatehi
March 16, 2017

A bill poised to pass the Minnesota House with minimal hearings would make it possible for a single legislative committee to block or hamstring state agencies from adopting or even proposing rules to protect Minnesotans' environment, natural resources, health, and safety. Written by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the bill explicitly elevates the interests of corporate polluters and other regulated entities above all other regulatory considerations.

By Trevor Russell
March 9, 2017

The Minnesota Legislature is considering rolling back the buffer law, undermining critical protection for Minnesota’s public waters.

By Trevor Russell
March 7, 2017

FMR strongly supports a bill introduced by Rep. Paul Torkelson (R – Hanska) to allocate the Minnesota’s Clean Water Fund (Legacy Amendment) money as recommended by the state’s 28-member Clean Water Council. FMR applauds Rep. Torkelson for his leadership on this issue, and looks forward to working with him to help HF 1731 earn Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature.

By Trevor Russell
March 2, 2017

An unexpected amendment to the state's buffer law undermines Gov. Mark Dayton’s landmark buffer initiative by removing 50-foot buffers from as many as 48,000 miles of Minnesota streams.
 

By Trevor Russell
March 1, 2017

In yet another attack on state agency authority, SF 1283 requires legislative approval of most state water quality rules and standards and suspends Minnesota’s hard-won river phosphorus standards pending legislative approval.

SF 1283 (Newman, Ingebrigtsen, Utke, Eken, Tomassoni)
Status: Introduced and referred to Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance

By Trevor Russell
February 27, 2017

Another bill has come forward at the Minnesota legislature aiming to undermine environmental rulemaking by state agencies.
SF 769: (Kiffmeyer)
HF1285: (Pugh)

By Trevor Russell
February 27, 2017

A bill recent introduced at the Minnesota Legislature aims to make dramatic rollbacks to Minnesota’s environmental review and permitting processes, while eliminated the Environmental Quality Board.
HF 1291: (Fabian, Lueck, Green, Heintzeman)
SF 1087: (Ingebrigtsen, Ruud)
 

By Trevor Russell
February 26, 2017

A handful of rollbacks to Governor Dayton’s landmark 2014 Buffer Rule continue to capture legislative attention at the Minnesota Capitol this session.

February 10, 2017

Water quality standards must be based on expert science and public input. We need to reject rulemaking by judges and oppose this legislation.   

By Trevor Russell
February 9, 2017

A bill introduced by Republican Rep. Steve Green (Fosston) would require the state to conduct a new referendum to replace the Legacy Amendment with funds for a narrow list of highway and bridge projects and bar Clean Water Fund spending on most clean-up and restoration projects.

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