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 23, 2018

The House and Senate passed a final state bonding bill in the final weekend of the session. While the overall bill includes some excellent projects, the overall bill includes a massive $98 million raid to the state's Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) and $500,000 for regulated polluters to provide “oversight” of their own state regulators. >>

By Trevor Russell
May 23, 2018

New legisation has been signed into law that prevents the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from complying with a  judge’s court-ordered conservation measures for White Bear Lake.

By Trevor Russell
May 23, 2018

FMR and the Star Tribune's Dennis Anderson agree: Raiding Minnesota's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to service the debt on bonding projects is appalling.

By Trevor Russell
May 21, 2018

In an unprecedented move, a much-feared $47 million-dollar raid on the state’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund ballooned to a $98-million raid in the Minnesota legislative session’s final hours. >>

May 16, 2018

It's the last week of Minnesota's 2018 legislative session and your support is needed! Ask Gov. Mark Dayton and your legislators to protect Minnesota's Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund. >>

May 16, 2018

We have a new leader in the clubhouse for bad ideas this legislative session: The Minnesota House and Senate are looking to raid $47 million from the state’s Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund to pay debt service on bonding projects! >>

May 15, 2018

Recommended reading: Check out this well-done Star Tribune article about our Legislature’s effort to suspend a judge’s ruling that requires state and local action to protect groundwater in the north and east metro. >>

May 15, 2018

It's the last week of Minnesota's 2018 legislative session and your support is needed! Ask Gov. Mark Dayton and your legislators to make five changes to the bonding bill to better support clean water and parks. >>

By Trevor Russell
May 10, 2018

In January, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a $1.5 billion capital investment or "bonding" bill. Dubbed the “Jobs Bill,” the package included much-needed investments in Minnesota’s water resources, including drinking water and wastewater infrastructure for communities across the state. >>

By Trevor Russell
May 9, 2018

Gov. Mark Dayton has fulfilled his promise to veto the wild rice bill (HF 3280)!

The bill would have abolished a longstanding state water quality sulfites standard. It would have violated the federal Clean Water Act, inevitably inviting litigation and turmoil into an already challenging situation. >>

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