Before the 2020 legislative session ends May 18, tell your state senator to support passage of an Environmental Trust Fund bill and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program in the state bonding bill. Categories: Minnesota Videos Tags: Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, Environmental Trust Fund, Minnesota Legislature
NISSWA, Minn. — Lawmakers left St. Paul without resolving a long-running dispute over the stocking of Minnesota lakes with muskies. Opponents of introducing the ferocious predator fish to more lakes weren’t able to pass legislation this session to limit the practice. So anti-stocking legislation is expected to return next year. Muskies, or muskellunge, are native to 44 Minnesota lakes and…
Dayton vetoes revised bill on wild rice water standards, announces task force to make recommendations on protection, restoration
Wild rice is “great for nesting, for cover for fish. It’s a good food source for waterfowl that migrate through.”ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill Wednesday that he said would have unlawfully undermined Minnesota’s ability to enforce its water quality standard for protecting wild rice. Dayton, who vetoed a similar bill earlier, said in a letter…
DNR funding pitch: Minnesota outdoor recreational facilities, buildings in need of repair – and soon [video]
According to the DNR, the broken water line at Jay Cooke State Park is among the growing list of repairs needed throughout the state for hundreds of roofs, dilapidated bridges, washed out roads and culverts and the like. (Minnesota DNR)It’s become an annual early-spring tradition for the Minnesota DNR – a tour of a popular Minnesota state park. But it’s…
The budget bills that first emerged from the House and Senate left out all, or nearly all, the user fee increases the agency sought, and the hikes didn’t make it into the DNR’s budget bill until the very end of the session.
Signed bills include license fee hikes, allowance for scopes on muzzleloaders, and other fishing- and hunting-related provisions.
The final 2017 Environment bill, which Gov. Mark Dayton likely will sign, includes a provision to allow scopes during the blackpowder season.
Legislative action in St. Paul goes dark around fishing opener, but there’s plenty of political theater remaining for sportsmen this session.
Outdoors advocates, conservationists, a landowner and a politician gather in a rural setting, voice concerns over Minnesota Legislature’s recent handling of buffers.
Five weeks remain in this year’s legislative session.
The GOP controls both the House and Senate for the first time since 2012. That’s given Republicans new opportunities for advancing legislation, and they’re hoping to use this session to push back against what they say is overregulation and governmental overreach.