Senate Voting History

SF 2314: Amendment to delete provision giving industrial facilities grace period for meeting water standards (April 23, 2019)

Senate Floor Vote

The Senate environment finance bill included a policy provision giving industrial water pollution permit holders a 16-year grace period to meet updated water quality standards once they have constructed a facility. Under this provision, even if testing shows new limits… Continue reading

How the Senate Voted

A “No” vote means industrial facilities get an automatic 16-year grace period from addressing water quality discharge problems.

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HF 80: Fix the raid on Environmental Trust Funds (March 4, 2019)

Senate Floor Vote

In the 2018 legislative session, the Legislature approved a bonding bill for infrastructure projects which attempted to use Environment and Natural Resource Trust Funds to pay the debt service on appropriation bonds. The Trust Fund, which receives lottery dollars, has… Continue reading

How the Senate Voted

A “Yes” vote means important infrastructure projects like the Andover landfill cleanup and wastewater treatment projects are financed with regular state bonds so they can move forward immediately. Also, the projects are less expensive because the state will receive lower interest rates and the integrity of the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund is protected.

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HF4425: Capital Investment and LCCMR bill (May 20, 2018)

Senate Floor Vote

The capital investment bill often referred to as the “bonding bill” appropriates money for the acquisition and betterment of public lands and buildings, and other public improvements of a capital nature. The capital investment bill included $825 million of general… Continue reading

How the Senate Voted

Capital investment projects will be funded. Additionally, the interest accrued for the appropriations bond projects, for the first time and for 19 additional years, will be paid for using Environmental and Natural Resource Trust Funds.

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HF 3280: Repeal existing wild rice sulfate water quality standard (April 30, 2018)

Senate Floor Vote

In the 1970s the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) developed a water quality standard to regulate sulfate discharges. The standard was set at 10 mg/L. Within the last several years, at the direction of the legislature, the MPCA began efforts… Continue reading

How the Senate Voted

A “Yes” vote would repeal the existing wild rice sulfate water quality standard and move the bill onto the Senate for concurrence.

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HF5: Senate Omnibus Capital Investment Bill (Special Session) (May 25, 2017)

Senate Floor Vote

The Senate Omnibus Capital Investment bill appropriates money for the acquisition and betterment of public lands and buildings, and other public improvements of a capital nature, whether from the proceeds of the state general obligation bonds, the general fund, or… Continue reading

How the Senate Voted

A “Yes” vote supports moving the bill out of the Senate, including the conservation-related appropriations listed above, and to the Governor for approval.

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