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Dayton & Daudt tout ‘tentative budget deal,’ Bakk says some Senate DFL votes in doubt

Dayton & Daudt tout ‘tentative budget deal,’ Bakk says some Senate DFL votes in doubt

A tentative deal on a special legislative session might be in jeopardy because of dissension within the DFL Senate caucus, where Majority Leader Tom Bakk on Wednesday admitted he might not be able to line up the votes needed to pass bills.Continue reading

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Special interests win, environment loses with ag bill

Special interests win, environment loses with ag bill

Legislators this year are brazenly putting the needs of special interests over Minnesota’s treasured natural resources with an agriculture and environment budget bill that undercuts critical pollution safeguards.Continue reading

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Letter from DFL Senators to Dayton on Environmental Veto

Letter from DFL Senators to Dayton on Environmental Veto

We write as DFL Senators who voted against H.F. 846 on the final day of the session. As you know, 3/4ths of our caucus opposed this bill because of the harm that it will do to our environment. Continue reading

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How the MPCA’s Citizens’ Board did itself in

How the MPCA’s Citizens’ Board did itself in

In a way, the Citizens’ Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency voted itself out of existence months ago. Last August, six members of the board had the audacity to order that a corporate farm operation go through an environmental impact study before building a facility for upwards of 9,000 dairy cattle.Continue reading

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Standing Up for Clean Water

Standing Up for Clean Water

I want to tell you why I support Governor Dayton’s decision to veto the Agriculture and Environment bill.Continue reading

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Dayton signs scaled-back flame retardant ban

Dayton signs scaled-back flame retardant ban

Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill that bans four flame-retardant chemicals from children’s products and upholstered furniture.Continue reading

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Dayton vetoes environment, economic development bills

Dayton vetoes environment, economic development bills

Gov. Mark Dayton on Saturday vetoed the Legislature’s measures funding environment and economic development programs, giving lawmakers more work to do in an expected special session to finish a budget he can sign.Continue reading

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Legislature passes energy bill in chaotic final seconds

Legislature passes energy bill in chaotic final seconds

House passes jobs and energy bill in final seconds of regular sessionContinue reading

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House passes controversial omnibus environment bill

House passes controversial omnibus environment bill

New buffers language, avian flu money as omnibus environment, ag. bill repassedContinue reading

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Enact a MN ban on small plastic particles found in personal-care products

Enact a MN ban on small plastic particles found in personal-care products

It’s time for Minnesota to take a big step in fighting a tiny new form of water pollution: plastic “microbeads.”
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