One of Minnesota State Legislature’s first orders of business: Repeal AIS training law

Joe AlbertThere’s been a fair amount of teeth-gnashing about a law passed during the 2012 session that isn’t set to take effect until this year. It would require anyone who tows a boat or other water-related equipment on a trailer in Minnesota to take an aquatic invasive species training course and display a decal as proof of course completion.

The DNR has yet to set a cost for the course, but the program’s web page (http://trailers.mndnr.gov/) says it will be available Jan. 31.

Some lawmakers, however, have set their sights on killing the program. Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, on the third day of the 2015 session introduced HF 50. The bill would eliminate the training program and the decal requirement.

The bill’s co-sponsors are Reps. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, and Linda Runbeck, R-Circle Pines.

It’s somewhat surprising such legislation would be introduced so early in the session, but probably illustrates how contentious the issue has been.

By way of background, the genesis of the training program has bipartisan roots. For a more comprehensive background, read my previous blog post on the topic.

One other legislative note: The Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance is hosting a meet-and-greet for legislators on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Kelly Inn in St. Paul.

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