Legislative Updates

FMR is proud to be the voice for the Mississippi River at the Minnesota State Capitol. Here's what we're working on currently.

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 Trevor Russell
May 3, 2016

The Minnesota Senate voted 39 to 24 in favor of the Senate Omnibus Finance Bill on Thursday, April 28. The bill includes several of FMR's top environmental initiatives, including The Working Lands Watershed Restoration Program and funding for the Forever Green Initiative.

By Trevor Russell
April 28, 2016

FMR and our partners were pleased to host Governor Mark Dayton and more than one hundred elected officials, farmers, students and other interested residents for a tour of the University of Minnesota's Forever Green initiative on April 19th.

By Trevor Russell
April 28, 2016

The bill includes a number of key environmental provisions, including FMR's top legislative priority for the 2016 session: The Working Lands Watershed Restoration Program.

By Trevor Russell
April 28, 2016

The Minnesota House of Representatives Committee voted to approve its omnibus environment & natural resources policy and finance bill. While the bill includes a number of provisions requested by state agencies, it fails to include FMR's top legislative priority for the 2016 session: The Working Lands Watershed Restoration Program.

By Trevor Russell
April 18, 2016

While the Minnesota Senate has included FMR's top 2016 legislative priority The Working Lands Watershed Restoration Program in its omnibus environmental bill, the House has declined to include this vital program for water quality in their version.

By Trevor Russell
April 18, 2016

Late last week, the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee voted to approve its omnibus environment & natural resources policy and finance bill. While the bill includes a number of provisions requested by state agencies, it failed to include FMR's top legislative priority for the 2016 session: The Working Lands Watershed Restoration Program.

By Trevor Russell
April 18, 2016

Late last week, the Minnesota Senate Environment and Energy Finance Budget Division unanimously passed the Omnibus Environment & Energy Finance bill. The bill includes a number of environmental provisions, including FMR's top legislative priority for the 2016 session: The Working Lands Watershed Restoration Program.
 

By Trevor Russell
March 24, 2016

On the heels of encouraging progress on our perennial biofuels bill, more great news has come forward on the promise of cellulosic biofuels

By Trevor Russell
March 22, 2016

One of FMR's top legislative priorities for the 2016 session earned unanimous bipartisan support in House and Senate committees today.

By Trevor Russell
March 18, 2016

In one of the more unusual pieces of legislation to come forward this session, a new bill (HF 3256) would require an as-of-yet unnamed public utility to build no fewer than five brand-new coal-fired power plants at the Sherburne County Generating Station.

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