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Legislative Updates

Legislative attempt to rollback buffer law passes first hearing

As anticipated, buffers are back in the news as House Republicans are teaming up with a minority of rural Senate DFLers to rollback the buffer law. A pair of bills, authored by representative Torkelson (R) and Senator Skoe (DFL) have been introduced. Senator Skoe's bill has already passed the Senate agriculture committee despite opposition from Senate DFLers on the committee.  

March 17

Perennial biofuels incentive program bills introduced

The legislature has introduced bills in both chambers to advance one of FMR's 2016 policy priorities: a perennial biofuels incentive program. Dubbed the "Working Lands Watershed Restoration Program," the bills ask for $479,000 in fiscal year 2017 for the state's Board of Water and Soil Resources to prepare a plan for creating a state-funded biofuels incentive program.

March 16

At the confluence, the Minnesota River carries a great deal of sediment and other forms of pollutants into the Mississippi River. Most come from agriculture. In 2015, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens' Board requested an environmental review of a controversial animal agriculture operation. Later that year the Minnesota legislature dissolved or repealed the 48-year-old board. 

House file: HF 2593 Authors: Rep. Bly; Johnson, C.; Hornstein; Hansen; Hausman; Erhardt; Bernardy; Fischer ; Norton